Honda has released details on its recall at the beginning of April of existing Accord models.
On April 8, American Honda announced, “The reason for the recall is that the airbag modules used were not for North America.”
The cause of the recall is a defect in the airbags. According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some Accords have a defect in the parts used for the passenger side airbag which could result in the airbag not performing as designed in the event of an accident, which could result in injury or death.
American Honda says that for some of the Accords, the passenger side airbag module used was not meant for North America but for South America. It says that it discovered this when Honda dealers were replacing Takata airbag inflators in the recall.
The recall applies to some 11,602 2004-2007 Honda Accords sold in the United States. American Honda explained that the airbags with South American specs did not meet US government regulations.
(Translated by Greg Scott)