Possible Missing Rivets in Airbags Causes Honda to Recall Over 748,000 Vehicles

Certain model year 2009-2013 Pilot and 2011-2013 Odyssey passenger vehicles manufacutered from March 13, 2008 through December 21, 2012 are being recalled by Honda‘s American division after they discovered that one or more rivets that attach the airbag module to the airbag cover may be missing.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator was told by the Japanese automaker that the recall affects 748,481 vehicles sold in the United States. According to Honda, on July 17, 2012, one of their workers observed noise in the area of the steering wheel and found the source to be a rivet missing from the vehicle’s driver’s airbag module cover.

odessy“Inspection of other vehicles and components at the time led to the conclusion that this was an isolated incident,” said Honda in a filing with the NHTSA. “A subsequent investigation determined that a single missing airbag cover rivet would not affect compliance, and may only minimally affect safety.”

However, later that same year on November 13th, another worker discovered a second driver’s airbag cover missing rivets, this time 4 of the 6 rivets were not present.

“Further inspection of on hand parts inventory and vehicles found 5 additional suspect parts, each missing 1 of the 6 rivets. This initiated an investigation of suppliers manufacturing processes and production records,” said Honda.

Honda informed the NHTSA that they are not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this problem. The recall is expected to begin mid February and Honda will notify owners and instruct them to take their vehicle to a dealer.