Vehicles Affected: Approximately 304,000 model-year 2008-09 Honda Accord sedans manufactured between Jan. 22, 2007, and June 30, 2008
The Problem: The suplemental restrain system threshold setting for the side impact sensor is such that with the vehicle ignition on, if there is a strong, nonvehicular collision impact to the lower body of the vehicle (for example, from road debris) or if a door is shut with excessive force, the SRS control unit may command the side seat airbag or side curtain airbag to deploy, increasing the risk of an injury or a crash. Honda noted in a statement that it has received 19 injury claims related to this issue.
The Fix: Dealers will update the side SRS software to adjust the deployment threshold for free.
What Owners Should Do: Honda will begin notifying owners mid-December, and urged owners to take their vehicle to a dealer immediately upon receipt. Owners can call the automaker at 888-234-2138, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov or www.honda.com/recalls for more info.
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