SAFETY RECALL UPDATE – December 15, 2014

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New_NHTSABLAMO! How about a Honda recall that includes over 5-million units? Now that is a huge repair and a shining example of the commitment that Honda has made to the safety of their customers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the recall this morning that covers various Honda and Acura models, all of which are equipped with Takata airbags. To date, four deaths have been associated with (if not attributed to) shrapnel from airbags manufactured by the same company which sells airbags to nearly every automaker. Log onto BestRide.com early and often to get the latest safety recall updates, the latest automotive news and views, as well as millions of new and used car, truck, van, and SUV listings.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V351000
Honda Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2001-2007 Honda Accord (4-cylinder), 2001-2002 Honda Accord (V6), 2001-2005 Honda Civic, 2002-2006 Honda CR-V, 2003-2011 Honda Element, 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey, 2003-2007 Honda Pilot, 2006 Honda Ridgeline, 2003-2006 Acura MDX, and 2002-2003 Acura TL/CL. Approximately 5,394,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.

Cause: Upon deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture permeating the immediate atmosphere with shrapnel.

Concern: In the event of a motor vehicle crash necessitating deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Correction: Honda will notify owners with specific instructions for notifying qualified dealers that will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.

NOTE: if you own or regularly operate a vehicle that is affected by the conditions of this recall, please avoid overly aggressive driving maneuvers and always wear your safety belt. Have this condition  rectified as soon as possible.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V710000
Ford Recall Campaign Number: 14C10

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Ford F-150 and Ford Flex vehicles manufactured from March 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014. Approximately 113,418 vehicles a re expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: The affected vehicles were manufactured with a reduced clearance between the seat frame and the seat track assembly. This can cause the Occupant Classification System (OCS) to inaccurately register passenger weight and improperly suppress the passenger front airbag when the passenger seat is occupied by an adult passenger. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) No. 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”

Concern: Improper suppression of the passenger airbag increases the risk of an injury to the seat occupant in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front passenger airbag.

Correction: Ford will notify owners with detailed instructions for locating qualified dealers that will widen the gap between the seat frame and seat track assembly and recalibrate the seat OCS, free of charge. The recall began November 25, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.

NOTE: If you own a vehicle included under this recall, then do not allow passengers to occupy the front seat until this condition is rectified. Disable the airbag if practical. Always wear your safety belts.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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