According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Honda has issued a recall of certain model year 2003 and 2004 Odyssey and model year 2003 Acura MDX vehicles. An estimated 374,618 units are affected.
The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) received six reports of inadvertent frontal air bag deployment from owners of the affected Odyssey vehicles. Three of the six reports involved injuries. All six reports stated that the air bags deployed while the vehicles were being driven. An additional 41 reports alleged the air bag warning light to be on without any apparent reason.
An investigation of the reports determined that electrical noise may cause a component in the air bag control module of affected vehicles to fail. This may cause inadvertent deployment of the frontal air bags, side curtain air bags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners. Any one of these incidents may lead to an auto accident.
All owners of the recalled vehicles should receive notification by Honda. They can bring their vehicles to an associated dealer to have an electrical noise suppressor unit installed at no cost. The recall will take effect on, or near, October 28. Honda can be reached at (800) 999-1009.
For more information on this recall and others, you may call the NHTSA Hotline at (888) 327-4236, or visit their webpage at www.safercar.gov.
Vehicles are intricate machines which consist of many gears, parts, electrical systems, and even computer systems. All of these constituents contribute to the functioning of the whole vehicle. Due to their interconnectivity, a small defect may lead to a serious malfunction, resulting in an increased risk of an accident.
If you have been injured in an accident due to a defective vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation from the liable company for all related damages. At The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., our skilled Georgia auto product liability attorneys can help you prove your claim by conducting a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the incident and establishing supportive evidence. To learn more about the legal options available to you, call us at (404) 995-3955.