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Honda to recall 748,000 Odyssey and Pilot for airbag issue

Honda to recall 748,000 Odyssey and Pilot for airbag issue image

Text: / Photos: Honda Press | posted January 20, 2013 01:21

Vehicles to be recalled for possible airbag failure

Honda issued an official statement to recall about 748,000 Pilot and Odyssey vehicles due to an airbag issue. 2009 to 2013 Pilot crossovers and 2011-2013 Odyssey minivans are being requested to have their vehicles inspected, if necessary, replace the driver's-side airbag.

According to the Honda's statement: "Driver's-side airbags in these vehicles potentially were assembled without some of the rivets that secure the airbag's plastic cover. If the rivets are missing, the airbag may not deploy properly, increasing the risk of injury in a crash." The company was quick to clear out that no crashes or injuries have been reported as of press time.

Honda will mail out notifications to customers starting mid-February. They encourage owners of all affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive. Owners of these vehicles can also check if their vehicles are affected by visiting www.recalls.honda.com or by calling 1(800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.

Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) officially introduced the Pilot and Odyssey to the Philippine Market in June of last year. Buyers of these models are advised to check through the website, but rest assured Honda will notify owners as well if they are included in the recall.

Update: Statement from HCPI "Concerned customers and/or owners shall be notified through a phone notification by Honda dealers and Letters of notice were sent starting January 19, 2013. Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of all these vehicles to take their units to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. To conduct the voluntary recall in an orderly manner, customers are requested to call their respective dealers for service appointment or call the Honda Hotline 1-800-1000-HONDA (46632) and (02) 857-7240 or email at customer_relations@hondaphil.com."

HCPI will inspect the driver's front airbag of the said Honda models free of charge. Inspection of the units will take about 12 minutes. For those affected vehicles, replacement of parts will take about 18 minutes only. Inspection and/or eventual replacement will be carried out in all 28 authorized dealers and 3 service centers nationwide. Inspection of identified vehicles will start from January 21, 2013