WASHINGTON – American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 515 2016 Honda CR-V SUVs because of a Takata airbag defect, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“The metal housing surrounding the driver’s airbag inflator in these vehicles may have been manufactured incorrectly,” said NHTSA in its recall summary. “In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver’s frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture, with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.”
Honda said only 30 of the vehicles were sold to customers in the U.S. The remaining unsold vehicles are under a stop-sale order until repairs are completed, Honda said late Friday.
The affected CR-Vs were built from October 12, 2015 to October 19, 2015.
“No injuries or market occurrences have been reported related to this issue,” the automaker said in a statement.
Honda’s Service Engineering and Quality groups have been in touch with Takata and NHTSA. A Takata driver’s front airbag inflator ruptured on October 10, 2015 during a test at a Takata plant in Monclova, Mexico.
Inflators from this lot were being manufactured for installation in airbag modules intended for the 2016 CR-V.
The recall raises new concerns about Takata and its manufacturing quality issues.
Takata is at the center of the largest U.S. safety recall, covering 19 million vehicles made by 12 automakers.
Honda dealers will replace the driver-side front airbag module in the affected 2016 CR-Vs. The recall is expected to begin on December 4. Owners can contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009.
Edmunds says: American Honda said it has already contacted all of these owners by phone to inform them of the recall and to offer free loaner vehicles until the CR-Vs are fixed.