Two of Japan’s top brands have both issued new recalls this month. Certain Honda vehicles may have defective airbag inflators, and late model Toyota Sienna minivans may have mis-labeled information regarding vehicle load and wheel and tire selection.
Honda Airbag Component
Honda has expanded one of its previous recalls. The recall includes approximately 273,000 Honda and Acura vehicles from the 2001 through 2003 model-years sold in the U.S. The driver’s airbag inflator may deploy with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury or fatality. Honda will replace these parts in affected vehicles.
Honda has also determined that approximately 640 affected driver’s airbag service parts were sold and installed in vehicles that needed these parts replaced from collision repairs or other service. The automaker will inspect approximately 603,000 vehicles because they cannot determine which vehicles these service parts were installed in. Honda will replace the parts in the affected vehicles following the inspection. This recall now includes certain 2001 and 2002 Accord, 2001 to 2003 Civic, 2001 to 2003 Odyssey, 2002 and 2003 CR-V, 2003 Pilot, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL vehicles.
Starting in late December Honda will mail notification to owners of vehicles possibly affected by the recall and encourages them to bring their vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive the letter.
Toyota is recalling certain Sienna minivans from model years 2011 and 2012 that have the wrong information on the vehicle placard regarding “tire selection and rims.” The information is incorrect regarding “vehicle capacity weight as the rated load for the combination of cargo and occupants.” The automaker says the incorrect information could lead to overloading which may cause tire failure increasing the risk of a crash.
Toyota will mail customers the corrected placard and revised owner’s manual information. The automaker hasn’t announced when the new information will be provided or how many Siennas were affected.
Both automakers encourage owners to contact them or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration if they have any questions.
Source: Honda, NHTSA