Problems with Airbag Computer Chip Lead to Vehicle Recall
Honda has issued a vehicle recall for almost 400,000 vehicles due to a problem with a chip in the computer system that controls the airbag.
The manufacturer has issued a vehicle recall for 342,000 Odysseys in the 2003 and 2004 model years, and 63,4oo Acura MDX’s from model year 2003. The Odysseys are being recalled from the United States and Canada, while the Acuras are recalled from the US, Canada, Japan, and Australia.
According to reports, a computer chip in the airbag control unit could malfunction when it receives electrical “noise” from other parts of the car. This could result in both the driver and passenger airbags deploying inadvertently, said spokesman Tsuyoshi Hojo.
While the defect has not resulted in any vehicle crashes, the company acknowledges 23 reports of injuries, including skin abrasions on the hands and fingers.
Honda reported that the vehicle recall was initiated by these reports, which it called “a small but increasing number of complaints in recent months of inadvertent airbag deployment.”
The recalled vehicles feature a chip similar to those used in airbag systems in Jeep and Toyota vehicles, which have come under vehicle recall notices for a similar problem.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent out a warning to manufacturers when the problem was first discovered, notifying companies to watch out for involuntary airbag deployment.
Honda said that owners of affected vehicles could take their cars to an authorized Honda dealer as soon as they receive a notice from the manufacturer in the mail. Honda dealers will repair the problem at no cost. The company said consumers could expect to see the letter in October.
Honda had the second-largest number of vehicle recalls in the United States in 2012, which marks the fifth year in a row the manufacturer is 2nd on the list.
Personal Injury Related to Delayed Vehicle Recalls
Typical causes of automobile accidents include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, automobile defect, failed maintenance, failing to be careful, speeding, running stops signs or stop lights, failing to yield the right of way, not paying attention because of using cell phone or PDA, adjusting the radio or a DVD player, or eating while driving.
If a car accident is caused by a delayed vehicle recall, the product is considered defective.
Every year, thousands of consumers sustain serious injuries from defective products. A defective product lawyer can help you with an injury you may receive. Many of these injuries could be avoided if the manufacturers or distributors of these products took additional steps to ensure consumer safety. Defective products that commonly cause injuries include medical devices, pharmaceutical products, and other defective products such as toys, cars and automotive parts.
Every year, thousands of consumers sustain serious injuries from common household products that are defective. These goods usually seem harmless until an injury occurs. Some examples of defective or unsafe consumer products include: automobiles and automotive products, toys and children’s products.
The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Personal Injury Cases Related to Vehicle Recall Delays
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