If you drive a 2019 Honda CRV, your vehicle may be prone to a sudden airbag deployment due to a defect that can damage wiring.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the defect has prompted Honda to recall 118,598 CR-V sport utility vehicles made between Oct. 3, 2018 through April 1, 2019. Another 19,000 of the vehicles are in Canada and Korea.
The problem is not related to an ongoing series of recalls Honda has launched over the last 10 years to replace more than 21 million defective Takata airbag units in about 12.9 million Honda vehicles in the U.S. Those airbags are under recall because they can explode, maiming or killing car occupants with metal fragments.
In this latest recall, the carmaker says that the inside of the steering wheel may contain metal burrs, which can damage wiring and create a short-circuit. In addition to unexpected deployment of the vehicle’s airbags, even when no collision has occurred, the short may also cause the control buttons on the steering wheel to become inoperative and the supplemental restraint system (SRS) warning indicator to illuminate.
Honda said the flaw could also cause the airbags to fail in a crash.
NHTSA said in its recall report that supplier manufacturing records identified a specific production period of steering wheels that were affected by an improper manufacturing process.
The automaker knows of six sudden airbag deployments related to this problem, three of which caused injuries. The company says it’s not aware of any crashes caused by the defect.
To repair the issue, Honda dealers will install a protective cover on the steering-wheel core and replace the wiring harness there. The recall repairs will be done at no charge to the vehicle owners.
Honda will contact registered owners of all the affected vehicles by mail and ask them to take their vehicle to a Honda automobile dealer. The parts and tools needed to repair the problem won’t be ready until sometime in June and repairs are expected to start on July 8.
To check whether your Honda is affected by this recall, enter the vehicle identification number (VIN) in NHTSA’s recall portal. The results will show you all recalls your vehicle is subject to.