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Honda Recalls 118,598 2019 CR-Vs To Fix Airbag Deployment Problem

Honda has recalled more than 118,000 2019 CR-V models due to problems with the driver-side airbag. According to papers filed with the National HIghway Traffic Safety Administration, the routing of the airbag's wiring harness is the issue. It is routed near the steering wheel core which may have burrs or other imperfections that can cause the airbag to fire randomly potentially hurting the driver.

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As if Honda hasn’t had enough airbag problems in the recent past, the automaker has just launched a recall for 118,598 Honda CR-Vs for a problem that could cause the drivers-side airbag to deploy, possibly injuring the driver.

Drivers-Side Airbags May Deploy Without Warning

According to the notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), owners of the Honda CR-Vs may find that the drivers-side airbag may deploy without warning. Or, it may not deploy in a crash.

Honda identified the vehicles involved as those built between Oct. 3, 2018, and April 1, 2019. The issue is a problem with the airbag wiring harnesses. Honda routes the harnesses around the steering wheel’s metal core. The defect, which was spotted and fixed on the assembly line, relates to rough edges or burrs on the steering wheel core that can cause the harnesses to short-circuit.

According to the automaker, the telltales that this problem may exist are electrical. The airbag warning light may flash, the steering wheel controls may not respond, and the horn may beep randomly. The airbag may also possibly deploy when the CR-V is moving. The deployment will send the airbag into the driver’s face, possibly injuring the operator. Record show three drivers injured, so far, by random deployments.

Recall Set To Begin In July

According to the NHTSA, the recall will begin in July. The automaker has begun stocking the parts to fix the issue. Dealers will replace the funky wiring harnesses free of charge and will also install a protective cover over the CR-V’s steering wheel core. If you notice any electrical issues such as the ones outlined earlier, contact your dealer right away.

For more information, you can check out Honda's maintenance website. You can also go to the NHTSA’s website, for more information. Meantime, here is a look at the NHTSA recall notice. The recall number is 19V383000. You can find more information about the CR-V atHonda's 2019 information website.

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Sources: Car and Driver, NHTSA

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