Honda Pulls in 25K Odyssey Minivans in Industry’s Latest Recall

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Honda (NYSE:HMC) is recalling 24,889 Odyssey minivans from the 2014 model year in the United States in order to replace the shorting coupler, an electrical component in the side curtain airbag system. The company was clear that the recall is voluntary and not prescribed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or other automotive authorities. 

The issue goes back to Honda’s assembly of the shorting coupler for the side curtain airbag specifically on the passenger’s side of the vehicle, and “it is possible that the shorting terminal, which is used to prevent deployment of the airbag before it is assembled into the vehicle, may have been damaged,” Honda said.

The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) indicator on the dash could  illuminate as a result, as well as prevent the side curtain airbag from deploying during a crash, the company said in a statement. No accidents or injuries have yet been reported, so the recall is largely a preventative measure. Honda said that the issue was discovered during routine warranty repairs.

The decision for Honda to administer the recall is reflective of a broader industry trend of smaller recalls for so far inconsequential problems as automakers strive to ensure they don’t become ensnared in the situation that General Motors is in now, or that Toyota found itself in a few years ago.

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