2003-'04 Honda Odyssey Probed by Feds for Inadvertent Airbag Deployment


  • 2003 Honda Odyssey Picture

    2003 Honda Odyssey Picture

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a probe into an estimated 320,000 2003-'04 Honda Odyssey minivans because of consumer complaints that the front airbags can inadvertently deploy. | June 10, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • NHTSA has opened a probe into an estimated 320,000 2003-'04 Honda Odyssey minivans because of consumer complaints that the front airbags can inadvertently deploy.
  • NHTSA has received six consumer complaints regarding inadvertent airbag deployment on the Honda Odyssey.
  • Three of the six owners also alleged they sustained injury from the incidents, NHTSA said.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a probe into an estimated 320,000 2003-'04 Honda Odyssey minivans because of consumer complaints that the front airbags can inadvertently deploy.

NHTSA has received six consumer complaints regarding inadvertent airbag deployment on the 2003-'04 Honda Odyssey.

Three of the six owners also alleged they sustained injury from the incidents, NHTSA said.

"The driver and/or passenger frontal airbags can inadvertently deploy (without a crash) while the vehicle is in operation (either at startup or while driving on the road)," said NHTSA in its description of the problem.

American Honda Motor Co. did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds on Monday asking for comment on the investigation.

NHTSA said it also has received an additional 41 consumer complaints alleging the vehicle's airbag warning light illuminated.

Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary evaluation into the matter. Such an action can sometimes lead to a recall.

NHTSA noted that the Odyssey investigation may be related to a probe into inadvertent airbag deployments in Chrysler products. Supplier TRW reported that certain 2003-'04 Honda Odysseys use the same component within the airbag control module. In the case of the Chrysler vehicles, the component was determined to fail due to an electrical over-stress condition, possibly caused by a "transient voltage spike resulting in an inadvertent airbag deployment," NHTSA noted.

Edmunds says: Owners of the 2003-'04 Honda Odyssey will have to wait until federal safety regulators finish their work in this matter. There is no need for any action at this point.

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