Tennessee drivers who own Honda Odysseys or Acura MDXs might be concerned to hear that Honda issued a recall on the two models. The model years that are affected by the recall are years 2003 and 2004 for the Odyssey minivans and year 2003 for the Acura MDXs. Approximately 342,000 Odysseys and 63,400 Acura MDXs were recalled. Of those recalled vehicles, approximately 318,683 Odysseys and 55,935 Acura MDXs were located in the United States.
A computer chip inside the airbag system unit in the vehicles could cause airbags to deploy when they aren’t supposed to due to a glitch that happens when the chip receives electrical noise from other parts on the vehicle. The supplier of the computer chip for the affected vehicles was a U.S.-based company, TRW Automotive. Honda stated that it doesn’t anticipate having to issue any more recalls related to this issue. There have been no incident reports of crashes because of the defective products, but there have been reports of minor injuries to hands and fingers by airbags deploying.
Honda announced that the recalled vehicles will be fixed. The company will install electrical signal filters in the vehicles. The installation process for the new parts will take approximately an hour.
Drivers and passengers who experience injury because of defective products might be able to file personal injury lawsuits against the manufacturers of the products. Their hospital bills and lost wages could potentially be reimbursed. Additionally, they might be able to receive money to make up for the pain and suffering they endured because of the incident. Personal injury attorneys may help potential claimants evaluate their cases to determine whether they have valid claims against the manufacturers. If they do, they can assist them in filing them.
Source: Automotive News, “Honda to recall 405,000 vehicles over airbag system glitch”, September 19, 2013