US: safety issues hinder Honda’s pace image

In the last 18 months or so, airbag issues have been increasingly common among automakers in the US and Honda is again experiencing a preliminary investigation into faulty airbags made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The issue came into the agency’s attention after it received 28 complaints about the airbags deploying by mistake when doors are closed on 2008 model-year Accords – the investigation will focus on more than 360, 000 of Honda’s Accords.

“The complaints indicate the driver-side or passenger-side side curtain airbag and the side torso/seat-mounted airbag deployed when the driver or passenger door was shut. Two of the complaints reported injuries allegedly caused by the deploying air bags,” NHTSA said.

This is not the first problem in the US for Honda that involves faulty airbags, as last year in September Honda recalled nearly 400,000 minivans and SUVs sold throughout North America for the same problem.

Alongside the Accord investigation, Honda is also calling back 318,000 Odyssey models, along with 56,000 Acura MDX SUVs, both products being sold during 2003-2004 model years – all because of “a small but increasing number of complaints in recent months of inadvertent airbag deployment.”