Owners of Honda cars in the UK will not be affected by a recall of more than 400,000 vehicles worldwide following the discovery of a potential airbag fault.
More than 340,000 Honda Odyssey models are being recalled in the USA and in Canada, and 63,400 Acura MDX cars are being recalled in America, Canada, Japan and Australia after it was discovered that a computer chip in the airbag control unit could fail. A Honda spokesman said this could lead to the driver and passenger airbag being deployed inadvertently.There are no reports of fatalities in connection with the potential airbag fault.
The cars affected were built between 2003 and 2004, but does not involve any cars sold in the UK. A spokesman said that a handful of cars imported into the UK, by US military personnel for example, may be affected. Honda will fit an electrical signal filter to the recalled cars.
In April 2013 Honda was part of a 3.4 million car recall, which also involved vehicles made by Toyota, Nissan and Mazda. In that instance a defective part made by supplier Takata Corp meant in some instances the cars' airbags would not be deployed properly. Honda recalled 1.1 million cars worldwide and 15,400 in the UK at that time, however the two events are not connected. In the latest recall, the affected chip is made by supplier TRW.