• Jan 18, 2007

If you drive a 2004 or 2005 Honda Accord, you might want to be a little more careful than usual. According to a letter sent to NHTSA on January 9, the sensor on these vehicles that detects the driver's position in the seat was potentially attached in the wrong place and also potentially over tightened, as well. The real issue is that the wiring to the sensor could break and cause the sensor to fail, illuminating the airbag warning light and causing the bag, in a crash, to inflate at full pressure. This could increase the risk of injury from the airbag for smaller drivers in a frontal crash.

If you own one of these cars, watch the mail for more information on how to get it repaired under the recall. If your airbag warning light is currently illuminated, you should probably take it to your local Honda dealer ASAP.

Read the NHTSA text of the recall after the jump

Thanks for the tip, silverboosted!


HONDA / ACCORD 2004-2005

Recall Number: 07V001000

Summary:
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES, THE SEAT POSITION SENSOR (SPS) DETECTS THE DRIVER'S SEATING POSITION AND ADJUSTS THE AIR BAG INFLATION PRESSURE ACCORDINGLY. THE WIRING HARNESS FOR THE SPS WAS ATTACHED TO THE SEAT FRAME IN THE WRONG LOCATION AND MAY HAVE BEEN OVER TIGHTENED. THE SENSOR WIRE MAY BREAK AND CAUSE THE AIR BAG WARNING LIGHT TO BE ILLUMINATED, AND THE SPS TO FAIL.

Consequence:
A FAILURE OF THE SPS CAUSES THE AIR BAG SYSTEM TO DEFAULT TO FULL INFLATION PRESSURE, REGARDLESS OF THE SEAT POSITION. FULL DEPLOYMENT OF THE DRIVER'S AIR BAG CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY FOR SMALLER DRIVERS IN A FRONTAL CRASH.


Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SEAT POSITION SENSOR WIRING SUBHARNESS. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING EARLY FEBRUARY 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009.

Notes:
CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.



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  • 48 Comments
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Nissan is coming up. GM and Ford don't even make that many cars in the US. Nissan and the other Japanese make quite a bit of their cars in the US".


      WOW!!!!

      Medication is wonderful thing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man you guys are predictable. Before I clicked on comments I saw 13 and figured half were domestic fanboy losers looking for any excuse to bash Honda/Japanese cars/imports. Get over it fellas, they're good cars. And American car companies don't ever recall? Come on...
      • 8 Years Ago
      #46 If you're going back that far:

      Honda 600 plenty unsafe and unreliable air cooled carbon monoxide from the hot air heater
      The "dustbuster wagons" plenty ugly
      75 Pre-chambers coming loose
      75-78 Wagons rear wheel bearing failures
      76-78 Headgasket failures leading to engine failure
      75-79 Transmission synconizer failures
      78-79 A Pipe failures leading to engine disintegration
      81-82 Fuel cut relay failures
      84-85 Headliners falling down
      Early Ohio built Civics with poor paint, rear door fit, mirrors falling off, rapid brake wear
      Warped rotors all years
      Leaking rear wheel cylinders 73-79
      Mirrors falling off 84-85
      Complete fabric interior replacement 75-77
      Knuckle hub problems 74-79 Civics
      Rust recall 74-79 early 80
      Rust through fenders through 89 1/4 panels too
      Peeling paint

      Shall I go on and give you the newer problems hidden by "goodwill" "Service campaigns" "Product updates"

      While Honda has a good rep and builds a pretty good mousetrap they have built shit just like everyone else. If you have to go back to the Corvair (later proven that the claims were BS by the way) or a LeMans, well--

      How do I know? I wrote the warranty claims and over saw the service and parts departments for 9 stores in our dealer group. We had the dubious claim of being number 1 in warranty expense in the US, over 1 mil in warranty claims. The auditors later camped out at the dealership for 6 months trying to disprove the claims in the end they walked out, you see all the claims were legit, we had all the scrap parts and measurements to back them up.



      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow...you domestic fanboys sure are idiots. How about you stop drinking that domestic car kool aid and realize that one recall doesn't mean Honda now leads the domestic car industry in recalls.

      Nobody's ever said Japanese vehicles are perfect, but the fact (ouch, how you HATE that word!) is that they tend to be more reliable overall. if you're so domestic gung-ho, why don't you stop shopping at walmart (where most products are NOT made in the U.S.) and make your own clothes (cause you know most apparel is made elsewhere as well). And here's another one of those terrible FACTS for you guys...

      "Last year Honda issued a recall of 1.2 million vehicles, but that was because the company printed the wrong phone number in its owner’s manuals, not because of mechanical defects. How many other cars did Honda recall in 2006? Only 1,397."

      http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2007/01/2006_recalls_do.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      One thing Honda had a problem with during the late 90's was their transmissions in Accords and certain Acuras. I don't know the full details but tranies were breaking down only early. I believe Honda eventually extended the warranties but only after legal action. i'll have to look more into that as I don't know the full details
      • 8 Years Ago
      Perhaps AB only covers a recall if the number of recalled vehicles exceeds X number? If you know of one that has more than this 81,000, for example, please post it.

      Maybe AB could have a simple "recalls" section that they could use to alert the readers of *all* potential recalls involving every car?
      • 8 Years Ago
      So should trucks that don't randomly catch on fire because of jenk ass brake fluid leaks Ford.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No more AB recall stories. Oh, come on! You know it's going to be the domestic/import clamor all over, simply don't read them or don't post to them.

      Look kids, recall happen from condoms to cars. It's a recall, get over it, you can have the best product in the world then an assembly line glitch screws it up or a faulty supplier or heaven forbid something that just didn't show up until it got into consumers hands.

      Manufactured items made and designed by people. Shit happens.
      • 8 Years Ago
      did anyone even read the recall? the faulty sensor will have the airbag come out at full force in the event of a crash not disable the airbag (Which would be the bigger rpoblem). Its definitely not anything that will leave you stranded or that will cause you to crash. when it malfaunctions the airbag light will go on so you can catch it in advance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've decided I'm no longer going to read comments on any posts about recalls. I end up reading the same stuff over and over again.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #53 (enough said): "Those Jap tin box... 4 people I once met or once played with DIED IN THOSE JUNK. And another one saved his life in a 94 GRAND MARQUIS."

      What were the circumstances surrounding these accidents? Were the vehicles going at similar speeds, and did they hit similar objects (tree, sedan, SUV)? This goes to show just how unreliable these anecdotes are, and why we are better off with facts based on solid statistics.

      Fact: Toyota, Ford, and GM each has a higher percentage of recalls than Honda in 2005.

      Source:
      http://www.forbes.com/free_forbes/2006/0703/058b.html?partner=autoblog
      • 8 Years Ago
      Honda should do it properly like Toyota and deny it's a defect until after a classaction lawsuit winds its way through the courts.
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