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Honda airbags are studied by highway for aviation safety

Honda airbags are studied by highway for aviation safety
Paul A. Eisenstein of the Detroit Bureau
Honda's 2003 / 04 Odyssey will be investigated by NHTSA for defective airbags.

Honda received only a further warning that it has not escaped the problem of defective airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened Honda minivan to an investigation into 320,000 to determine whether she should for airbags are reminded that spontaneously provide.

The Agency said that it owner, 2003 / 04 Odyssey, received six complaints of which three injuries, due to airbags, deployed suddenly reported that, while the vehicles were, but not involved in collisions.

NHTSA received an additional 41 consumer complaints, which claims that the vehicle airbag indicator light illuminates. Airbag problems the Japanese manufacturers have in the past two years is forcing more than 1 million vehicles called back at any time be plagued.

Honda is not the only manufacturer to deal with airbag problems. Several car manufacturers, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Chrysler, General Motors and BMW, including not only Honda but were involved in a recall this year, involved more than 3 million vehicles. Was linked to earlier recall by a common denominator: TAKATA Corp., a large air bag supplier.

The Japanese manufacturer of airbag gas generators provided components for all companies. Trust the automakers on a single source is a double-edged sword: they benefit from lower prices through economies of scale, but if there is a problem, they all have the same problem and the problems, which is to come, the massive recalls, with him in this case.

While affected multiple decision makers, Honda has the largest exhibition. However, the current investigation shows how tied together the industry, when it comes, this problem.

In the year 2011, NHTSA examined accidental air bag deployments for Chrysler vehicles, when it turned out that the Odyssey uses the same application specific integrated circuit component within the airbag control unit. As a result of the first investigations Chrysler Group 3.660 recalls 2003 / 04 Viper cars to fix airbags that could provide without warning.

In October, Chrysler, more than 920,000 vehicles recalled worldwide over the question of 215 reports of false airbag deployments and 93 injuries - and almost 750,000 in the United States. Remember the legacy included the 2002 / 03 Jeep Liberty SUV and 2002-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Other manufacturers had a positive impact.

Toyota agreed almost 900,000 vehicles recall Corolla/matrix and Pontiac Vibe - 2003 - 2004 cars - for similar airbag problems in January "and similar remedy of the Chrysler consisting of its airbag harness an inline noise filters add to use", NHTSA said.

While Honda has been for several months about the same topic in discussions with NHTSA, the manufacturer believes that the electronic circuits in its airbags are faring better than the others.

"Since no accident or damage to property, caused deployment of the frontal airbags airbag driver was reported, and the occurrence is extremely low, continue to treat these claims on a case by case Honda pro," said Honda NHTSA a letter December last year.

Honda said found 126 airbag deployments in non-crash situations for frontal, side-impact and/or side curtain airbag deployments four cross-disciplinary model and 800,000 vehicles, NHTSA said, but no more than 25 of which are frontal airbags.

Airbag problems are a serious embarrassment for Honda - made more difficult the fact that the manufacturer is already on record last as one of the highest recall sums by any manufacturer in the United States in the years worked.

The last Honda involved recall, about 426,000 subcompact civic models sold during model years 2001 to 2003 43,000 CR-V crossover in 2002 and 2003, offered and another 92,000 of Odyssey minivans in 2002 model year.

In addition, the Japanese manufacturer ordered the recall of 748.000 pilot crossover and Odyssey minivans in January due to missing rivets, which incorrectly deploy airbags in a crash could cause. Has experienced reminded a number of earlier for other airbag problems, which have now added up to millions of vehicles.

Name seems most honda's airbag investigations while callbacks are tied, the manufacturer is not alone. Earlier this month GM began 400,000 additional vehicles for faulty airbags.

Agency investigators are already determine if GM went far, that small enough at the exhibition of two callbacks for airbag problems in October 2012 and January 2013 through a defect in the electrical connectors for the driver's front pocket air in particular 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, Sonic, and Camaro models as well as Buick Verano vehicles, that the airbags deploy in a crash can prevent.

GM recalled about 7,000 cars, but now NHTSA investigates whether 400,000 2012 should be included Chevrolet Camaros, Buick Veranos, Cruzes and Sonics.

The Detroit-based automaker was initially powered by a service in August, the airbag error in 2012 Cruze and Verano vehicles to attract the 2012 built prior to June 21. After talks with NHTSA decided to GM, the issue as a security callback cover about 3,000 2012 Cruze, Verano and Sonic vehicles from 2 April 2012 to 29 June 2012 built.

After further analysis and discussion with NHTSA, GM led the second callback cover about 3,900 2012 Camaro, Cruze, Verano and Sonic vehicles from December 16, 2011 to February 2012 built.

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