The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Friday that federal investigators are reviewing several consumer complaints claiming that older models of Honda Accords may have faulty airbag systems.
Customers filed 19 complaints with the U.S. auto safety agency saying that the airbags failed or may not inflate during an accident. The NHTSA said that its probe covers more than 380,000 2008 Honda Accords.
According to some of the complaints, Accords’ air bags failed to deploy in critical situations. The 2008 model was one of the top selling cars of the Japanese auto maker.
A Florida driver complained that he landed in a hospital after his car crashed into a wall at 50 miles per hour (80 kph) and the air bag system failed to activate. Other customers complained that they had to repair or replace the entire system so they needed to pay up to $500 to get it done.
Another claimant says that the issue may put at risk both passengers and operators and may result in serious injury and even death. NHTSA declined to reveal the identity of those who filed the complaints.
The agency reported that there is a glitch in the airbag system that turns on the warning light on the car’s dashboard but prevents air bags from deploying.
The issue can be repaired, though. NHTSA investigators said that they would assess the frequency of the malfunction among 2008 Honda Accords and see whether a recall is the best solution to it.
Honda announced that it would help investigators with all the data they need. In the meantime, the company conducts a separate investigation. That investigation was triggered by a smaller batch of complaints.
In May, Honda Motor faced a similar issue. Back then, it announced it had recalled nearly 4.9 million vehicles over concerns that the air bags may malfunction. The airbags were produced by Takata Corp, which had also delivered similar air bags to Nissan and Toyota.
In May, however, U.S. cars were not affected because the cars sold in the States were not equipped with the faulty air bags. Toyota and Nissan decided to recall more than 6 million vehicles.
With this year’s recall, Honda accumulated a total of 19.5 million recalled vehicles since 2008. And that figure may further climb after the NHTSA investigation.
The latest recall was caused by faulty air bags that allegedly hit passengers with violent force. Six people were killed in such incidents. This spring’s recall included older CRV, Accord, Fit, and Civic models.
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