Honda recalled 137,000 SUVs earlier this week after receiving reports of air bags suddenly deploying in vehicles. Honda received six reports of sudden air bag deployments, and at least three individuals were injured. None of the air bag deployments led to a crash.
According to Honda, metal burrs in the steering wheel’s interior surface can cause components to overheat and short circuit. In order to fix the problem, the company will replace steering wheel wire harnesses and supplemental restraint system cable reels. About 118,000 vehicles in the U.S. are being recalled, and another 19,000 in Canada and South Korea are also being recalled.
This recall is not related to the ongoing recall over Takata air bag inflators. In that recall, at least 14 people in the U.S. were killed when their air bag inflators exploded in their vehicles. Over 200 people in the U.S. also suffered injuries related to the defect. Over 21 million defective air bags have been replaced as a result of that recall.
It is absolutely critical that vehicles function as they are supposed to. When they don’t, occupants of the vehicle can be seriously injured or killed. When that occurs, the company that manufactured the vehicle can be held liable.
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