Honda Minivans Under Scrutiny for Self-Inflating Airbags

by Christopher Freeburn | June 10, 2013 2:12 pm

Honda Minivans Under Scrutiny for Self-Inflating Airbags

Honda 3 300x200 Honda Minivans Under Scrutiny for Self Inflating Airbags[1]The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating certain Honda (HMC[2]) Odyssey minivans after receiving complaints about malfunctioning airbag systems[3].

Six complaints have been filed with the agency alleging that older Odyssey airbags spontaneously inflated while the vehicles were in operation, but without a collision. The NHTSA says that three injuries have been linked to the problem, the Associated Press notes.

The government is looking at 2003 and 2004 Odyssey minivans and is evaluating whether a recall of the vehicles is justified.

In April, Honda, Toyota (TM[4]), Mazda and Nissan (NSANY[5]) issued a recall for 3.4 million older vehicles worldwide due to defective airbag inflation propellant[6], which could spark a fire if the airbags deployed.

Shares of Honda rose fractionally in Monday morning trading.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Honda-3.jpg
  2. HMC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HMC
  3. complaints about malfunctioning airbag systems: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HONDA_ODYSSEY_INVESTIGATION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
  4. TM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TM
  5. NSANY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=NSANY
  6. due to defective airbag inflation propellant: http://investorplace.com/2013/04/faulty-airbags-lead-to-massive-japanese-auto-recall/

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