2003 Acura MDXHonda is in hot water due to an airbag glitch that is causing it to recall 405,400 vehicles. According to the campaign, the supplemental restraints might fire for no apparent reason. 342,000 of the affected vehicles are 2003 and 2004 Odyssey minivans, which gels with a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation we reported on in June.

Joining the Odyssey in the recall is the Acura MDX, with 63,400 units covered from the 2003 model year. Unlike the van, though, the MDX's recall covers Japan and Australia, in addition to the US and Canada. Both vehicles are suffering from an airbag control unit that is prone to malfunction when exposed to electrical noise, a condition that can cause the airbags to deploy without warning. Although no crashes have been reported in such scenarios, there have been some injuries typical of airbag deployment – abrasions and such.

Honda will be mailing recall notices to owners near the end of October, asking them to bring their vehicles into the dealership for installation of an electrical noise filter. The repair will take about an hour and be free of charge. Scroll down for the official announcement from Honda.
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Statement by American Honda Regarding SRS Control Unit Recall: 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey; 2003 Acura MDX

09/18/2013 - TORRANCE, Calif.
Approximately 374,000 Honda and Acura vehicles affected in the United States
The SRS airbag system will be repaired, free of charge
No crashes have been reported related to this issue


American Honda will recall approximately 318,000 Honda Odyssey vehicles from the 2003-2004 model years and approximately 56,000 Acura MDX vehicles from the 2003 model year in the U.S. to address potential malfunctions of the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbag system in these vehicles due to electrical interference. To prevent malfunction, an electrical noise filter will be installed adjacent to the SRS control unit, free of charge.

Honda has received a small but increasing number of complaints in recent months of inadvertent airbag deployment in these vehicles, which are equipped with SRS control units that contain computer chips similar to those used in airbag system control units installed in other manufacturers' vehicles that were recalled in the last year. No crashes have been reported to Honda related to this issue.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of all affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will be sent in late-Oct. 2013, and, at that time, owners of vehicles from the affected model years will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going on-line to www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or by calling (800) 999-1009 for Honda owners or (800) 382-2238 for Acura owners, and selecting option 4.


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      Phyllis Jean Alrikas
      • 3 Months Ago

      My daughters 2003 MDX airbag deployed without a crash and Acura has refused to make the car operable again. It's been sitting at Libertyville Acura for almost 2 weeks. They have denied responsability. What Gives? Has Anybody else had the same problem with Acura?? Please reply!

      richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      And people still buy these Asian deathtraps. Obviously a lot of people wandering around in La-La land with no pertinent information about automobiles.
        mchica
        • 1 Year Ago
        @richard
        Alabama is in Asia? Learn something new everyday
        JDM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @richard
        Because we all know how good Ford and Chrysler are. Chrysler is currently leading with the amount of vehicles recalled and the number of recalls issued. If Asian cars are \"deathtraps\" please explain why the vast majority of Asian/foreign cars are a top safety pick plus with a small overlap test? Nissan, Subaru, Honda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, etc. I don\'t hate American cars but Richard or should I call you \"d!ck\" you shouldn\'t make comments without some real knowledge. http://www.iihs.org/ratings/default.aspx
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @richard
        Apparently you know nothing about automobiles either. Honda has more Top Safety Pick+ models than almost any other manufacturer.
        mikoprivat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @richard
        actually it is good for the global population...natural selection at work.Idiots are being slowly but surely eliminated both by unreliable and unsafe asian garbage plus by age...most of these alzheimer ridden asian car buyers are the "baby boomers" Once these geezers are gone so is toyota hinda and the rest of the junk. Automobiles will be fun again
          mchica
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mikoprivat
          This post makes zero sense. When you say "Asian Garbage" do you mean just Japan because China is the largest market for Buick and they build them there so...... And how about Korea? You know, where the Spark and Norms POS Buick Snail are built? And lastly, what does your post say about the Asian Americans who happen to work at GM or Ford Plants here in the states? (there are lots of them actually) Got an issue with their "Garbage" as you put it? Talk about ignorance....... sheesh
      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who is going to win, HONDA or TOYOTA? Most recalled cars in the US 2013?
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      There we go. Another Japanese recall. Why do people continue to purchase these mediocre Asian cars?
        FIDTRO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        The Koreans aren't much better either, probably the only modern manufacturer to still suffer from rusting issues.
          JDM
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FIDTRO
          Be careful we won't bring up the Jeep rust issue or the GM brake line rust issue. Also please explain why most of the cars listed under investigation by NHTSA are domestic? http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/UCM444057/INVMTY-082013-1234.pdf
      DarkKnight67
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is how many recalls on this particular model now?
        Renaurd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DarkKnight67
        I believe they have recalled every airbag they have ever installed, it's an airbag recall a week. Honda it's time to stop using Walmart's plastic grocery bags. The smiley face might be fun when it pops out of the steering wheel at you but,......................IT HURTS!
      churchmotor
      • 1 Year Ago
      Got to stop producing parts in Michigan.
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still waiting for Mary Keana to spin this. I see he got my other comment deleted even though it contained no profanity, insults, or anything else.
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      Don
      • 1 Year Ago
      Many of you are true morons if you think the assembly point indicates the nationality of a product. Is GM an Australian company because it build cars there? Is BMW an American company because they build cars here? Stop trying to justify your anti-American purchases. Japan has waged economic warfare on us for decades and no-nothings can't get it. Try educating yourselves on the way Japan closes its markets to our products while we allow them unprecedented access to ours.
        Mantis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Don
        and you can stop living in the 50's. We live in a global economy now. Those Kentucky built Camry's you purchase are every bit as important to the American economy as those "corporate", yet built in Mexico Ford and Chevy's are. Little known fact is that China is as much as responsible for saving GM as ANYONE is. GM sells more cars in China than they do in America. Facts. Learn them.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like how people judge a entire brand based on a airbag recall. What many of you trolls fail to realize is that these airbags are supplied by a American company, TRW Automotive based in Michigan. They also supply airbags to Chrysler which were involved in recalls.
        churchmotor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        Just as I expected. effing UAW trash probably sabotaged the airbags. Probably that worthless yonomo
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      "According to the campaign, the supplemental restraints might fire for no apparent reason. " This has to be the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a while. Where is Mary Keana/Wrangler_Unlimited/luigi.tony/BTCC/Toronto St. Paris/shiftright/___|___ to spin this for Honda?
      boboybebop
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here in hot Florida, about half of all Honda's here have faded, peeling, sun-damaged paint....pathetic. Keep buying what Consumer Reports and Car and Driver brainwashes you with. Support those import companies whose home lands like Korea and Japan close their markets to our goods. Keep cheering on those import brands that set up shop here under the guise of job creation, but they don't pay nowhere near the taxes domestic companies do because their plants were set up under tax incentives and their workers are paid chump change. Then slap that American flag bumper stucker on your import brand and call yourself a patriot! Honda and Toyota could slap a badge on a pile of cow manure, and their minion would lap it up in droves like a bunch of dumbasses.
      carnut122
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another Honda recall...what's new?
        cmcclarty
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carnut122
        I would look too the ones that make the airbag not honda.
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