Thursday Honda announced its second small-scale recall in less than a week. Coming right on the heels of a small recall of Ridgeline pickups, Honda announced it will be recalling certain 2012 Accord and Crosstour models over potential problems with the side airbag system.
Both two-door and four-door models affected
The recall affects only 347 vehicles, according to a notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted on its website. According to the Japan-based automaker, some two-door and some four-door versions of the 2012 Accord and Crosstour passenger cars are affected.
Side curtain airbags may not inflate
The recall is over potential problems with the the inflators of the side-curtain airbags. Either the passenger-side or the driver-side airbags may be affected. The inflators may not have been manufactured according to factory specifications, and could potentially prevent the airbag from deploying in the event of a collision. That could lead to an increased chance of injury.
Owners to be notified after Feb. 10
Honda says it will start notifying owners of the affected vehicles beginning on Feb. 10. Owners will be urged to take their vehicles to the closest dealer to have them inspected. If an owner’s vehicle is affected, the driver-side or passenger-side curtain airbag system will be replaced at no charge.
For questions and comments
For further information, or if an owner feels his or her vehicle may be affected, Honda’s North American arm can be contacted at 1-800-999-1009. The safety recall campaign numbers are S19 for the Honda, and S20 for the Crosstour.
Or, concerned owners can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can also be contacted online at http://www.safercar.gov. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s safety recall campaign number for both models is 12V030000.
Just over 200 Ridgelines recalled last week
Last week, Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall of 206 of its 2011 and 2012 Ridgeline pickups. A factory slip-up led to full-sized tires being installed as spares, instead of the undersized version normally installed. Therefore, the placard attached inside the driver-side door jamb incorrectly displays the incorrect inflation information for the installed tire. If a driver, in the event of a flat tire, utilized the spare, under-inflated to the posted specifications for the smaller spare, it could increase the chances of an accident.