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Honda Recalls 2010 Accord Crosstour For Airbag Issue

By Bengt Halvorson

Deputy Editor

September 14th, 2010

Some 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour vehicles are being recalled for an issue with the front passenger airbag.

According to Honda, on 3,336 Crosstours the airbag module doesn't meet a federal regulation that required it to be tested (for airbag deployment) with an unbelted six-year-old-sized crash-test dummy.

Owners are encouraged to take their vehicle to the dealership as soon as they get notication from Honda. Notification by mail will begin September 22, or owners may contact Honda to see if their vehicle is among those affected.

Honda notes that in many states, six-year-olds aren't even allowed to ride in the front seats, and the automaker recommends that all children 12 and under should be properly restrained in the back seat.

Although this is a minor issue, it isn't the only safety-related blemish for the Crosstour. Earlier this summer the model only earned a 'marginal' score for roof strength (rollover) in an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) test. The IIHS voiced its disappointment in the results; the Honda Accord sedan, which shares some components with the Crosstour and only earned an 'acceptable' rating in the roof test. Both ratings disqualify those vehicles from being named Top Safety Picks.



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Honda recalling Accord Crosstour over airbag issue?

by Frank Filipponio (RSS feed) on Sep 15th 2010 at 10:30AM

Honda is set to launch a recall of certain 2010 Accord Crosstour models to "inspect and potentially replace the front passenger airbag." According to Honda, the recall will cover about 3,340 units in total, some 700 of those in Canada.

The cause for the recall stems from recent testing which revealed a potential problem with the airbag modules not meeting the rules regarding protection of an unbelted, child test dummies in the front seats. They say no incidents have been reported, but Honda is recommending that children under the age of 12 be properly restrained in the vehicle's rear seat for now.

Honda will notify affected customers by mail but owners can also call their dealer or Customer Relations toll-free at 1-888-946-6329.



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Honda's Accord Crosstour Recalled in the US Over Front Airbag Problem


More than 3,300 units of the 2010MY Honda Accord Crosstour are being recalled in the States because of a potential issue with the front passenger airbag.

The Japanese automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the airbag " may not have been assembled according to correct specifications" and that in the event of a crash, "it may not deploy as intended and could place an unbelted child seated in the front passenger seat at greater risk of injury should the airbag deploy." No incidents or injuries have been reported related to this issue.

Honda said its dealers will inspect and replace the passenger airbag module if necessary free of charge on the affected Accord Crosstour models. According to NHTSA, the safety recall is expected to begin on or before September 22, 2010.

Owners seeking more information can contact Honda's customer service directly at 1-800-999-1009.



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By Mark Kleis

Although certainly not as large as many recalls this year in terms of volume, the latest recall to hit the auto industry is certainly based on safety concerns.

Honda and NHTSA have determined that certain 2010 model year Accord Crosstour vehicles, 3,336 to be exact, may contain front passenger airbags which were not properly assembled.

As a result of the improper assembly, in the event of an accident resulting in airbag deployment the airbag may not deploy as designed, which "could place an unbelted child seated in the front passenger seat as greater risk of injury," according to NHTSA.

Owners of the affected vehicles will be contacted after September 22, 2010, and will need to have their vehicles inspected at their local dealers to determine is a replacement module is necessary.



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