Honda Minivans Under Scrutiny for Self-Inflating Airbags

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

Honda[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.

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