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Recall Alert: 2016 Honda CR-V

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 500 model-year 2016 Honda CR-V SUVs

The Problem: In the driver-side front airbag module, a weakness in the inflator casing could result in a rupture in the event of airbag deployment, increasing the risk of an injury. Honda reported that on Oct. 10, a Takata driver-side front airbag ruptured during testing at a Takata Corp. plant in Monclova, Mexico; inflators were being manufactured for installation in airbag modules intended as original equipment for the 2016 CR-V. The automaker stated that no injuries have occurred as a result of this issue, and that only 30 of the affected vehicles were sold to customers before a stop-sale was issued to dealers; the rest remain in dealer possession and will be repaired before they are sold.

Honda said the issue in this recall is different from the problem in the massive ongoing recall of airbags manufactured by Japan’s Takata Corp.

“Takata’s preliminary analysis suggests that the rupture occurred as a result of a structural failure in the inflator casing, not as a result of a problem with the inflator propellant,” Honda stated. “As such, the defect in the airbag inflators of the affected CR-V vehicles does not appear to be similar to the defect in other Takata airbag inflators that have led to inflator ruptures in vehicles produced by Honda or other manufacturers.”

The Fix: Dealers will replace the driver-side front airbag module for free.

What Owners Should Do: Honda has already notified all owners by phone, and has offered free loaner vehicles until repairs are completed. 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 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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