DETROIT — A faulty sensor that can result in air bags inflating in error is at the heart of automaker Honda recalling more than three quarters of a million vehicles in the U.S. and 66,846 vehicles in Canada.
The recall pertains to several Honda Pilot, Accord, Civic sedan, HR-V and Odyssey models from the 2020 through 2022 model years, as well as the 2020 Fit and Civic Coupe. Also included are the 2021 and 2022 Civic hatchback, the 2021 Civic Type R and Insight, and the 2020 and 2021 CR-V, CR-V Hybrid, Passport, Ridgeline and Accord Hybrid.
Additionally, affected models from the Acura luxury brand include the 2020 and 2022 MDX, the 2020 through 2022 RDX and the 2020 and 2021 TLX.
Documents posted Tuesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that the front passenger seat weight sensor has the propensity to crack and short circuit which results in a failure to turn off the air bag as intended. In optimal functionality, the sensors are required to disable the air bags if children or small adults are in the seats. Should this fail to happen, the risk of injury is increased.
Owners are advised that dealers will replace the seat sensors at no cost. Owners will be notified starting March 18.
Honda has stated in documents that it has 3,834 warranty claims however currently no reports of injuries or deaths from the problem between June 30, 2020 and Jan. 19 of this year.
— with files from ctvnews.ca and apnews.com