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Honda recalls nearly 138,000 vehicles in US over faulty airbags

Honda Motor Co. Ltd. on May 22 announced two series of recalls in the U.S., involving a total of 137,598 vehicles with airbags that may either not inflate properly or that may suddenly deploy even without a crash.

The Japanese carmaker said it will recall 118,598 model year 2019 Honda CR-V SUVs due to risks that metal burrs on the interior surface of the steering wheel could ultimately cause unprompted deployment of the driver front airbag.

Apart from the sudden deployment of airbags, the issue can also cause malfunctioning steering wheel-mounted control buttons, unexpected horn sounding and illumination of the supplemental restraint system, or SRS, light. The company said it will replace steering wheel wire harnesses and SRS cable reels of the affected Honda CR-Vs for free.

Honda said it has received six reports of unprompted driver airbag deployments, including three injury claims, but noted that there are no reports of related crashes.

Meanwhile, the company has also expanded the recall of certain Acura and Honda vehicles that were installed with defective Takata Corp. airbags, which have been the subject of worldwide recalls over the recent years.

Approximately 19,000 Acura and Honda vehicles are covered in the latest round of recalls. The company will inspect and, if needed, replace the passenger front airbag module assembly of the affected vehicles for free.

It follows the September 2017 recall of Honda vehicles with Takata airbags and subsequent recall expansions in 2017 and 2018.

Honda said certain airbag inflator kits may have been installed incorrectly during Takata inflator recall repairs at several Acura and Honda dealers before May 2018.

The company noted that there have been no reported injuries in relation to the issue.