The Basics: Honda will recall 341,444 examples of the 2008-2010 Accord sedan in the US.

The Problem: Moisture can enter the supplemental restraint system electronic control unit and cause corrosion. Over time, this could cause the part to fail, which might prevent the airbags from deploying in a crash.

Injuries/Deaths: Honda confirms two injuries from this problem.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the supplemental restraint system electronic control unit.

If You Own One: Honda won't begin the recall until fall 2016 because of the large number of vehicles that will need the repair. The company will inform owners about the problem by mail in mid-March and will notify them again when the parts are available.

However, if owners see the supplemental restraint system warning light illuminate before the recall begins, they can visit a dealer for a diagnostic check. If technicians find the problem, then they can replace electronic control unit immediately from Honda's limited supply of replacement parts.

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Statement by American Honda Regarding SRS Electronic Control Unit Recall: 2008-2010 Honda Accord Sedan

Feb 3, 2016 - TORRANCE, Calif.

Approximately 341,000 Accord Sedans affected in the United States

The SRS electronic control unit will be replaced, free of charge

Two injuries have been confirmed related to this issue

American Honda will voluntarily recall approximately 341,000 Honda Accord Sedans from the 2008-2010 model years in the U.S. to replace the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) electronic control unit.

Manufacturing process issues may allow moisture to enter the circuitry within the SRS electronic control unit, which, over time, can cause corrosion and eventual malfunction of the unit. If the SRS control unit fails from this scenario, the SRS indicator will illuminate on the vehicle's dashboard, and, in the event of a vehicle crash, the airbags may not deploy, increasing the risk of injury. Honda has confirmed two injuries related to this issue.

A new SRS control unit will be installed in affected vehicles, free of charge. However, due to the large volume of new parts needed to repair affected units, the necessary parts will not be available until fall 2016. As a result, owners of affected vehicles will be informed of the recall in an initial mailed notification letter in mid-March 2016. A second notification letter will be sent to inform owners when parts become available.

In the interim, if a vehicle included in this action displays the SRS indicator on the instrument panel in front of the driver (not to be confused with the "Passenger Airbag Off" indicator located in the central dashboard area), vehicle owners are advised to visit an authorized Honda dealer for a diagnostic check. If the check indicates the safety defect is present, the SRS electronic control unit will be replaced free of charge using a limited supply of updated replacement parts.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage all owners of affected vehicles to take them to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification from Honda that replacement parts are available for their vehicles. In addition, owners of these vehicles can determine now if their vehicles will require repair by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.

RECALL Subject : Air Bag Control Unit Power Supply Corrosion
Report Receipt Date: FEB 02, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V056000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 341,444

All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
HONDA ACCORD 2008-2010

Details

Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

SUMMARY:
American Honda Motor Company, Inc. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2008-2010 Accord vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the air bag control units may corrode and fail.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the air bag control unit fails, the air bags may not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury.

REMEDY:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag control units, free of charge. Parts are expected to be available in Fall 2016. Interim notifications will be mailed to owners beginning on March 15, 2016, and a second notice will be mailed when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JW9.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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