Honda just announced that it is recalling 777,000 late-model Honda Pilots and Honda Odysseys in the United States and Canada. The recall is due to a problem with the driver’s side airbags deploying.
According to Honda, some of the airbags were installed without the rivets that secure the airbag’s plastic cover. If the rivets are missing, this could prevent the airbag from deploying properly, which can be dangerous during a crash. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported because of the issue. Owners of Pilots and Odysseys will be mailed notifications next month, and they can bring their vehicles to dealerships for inspection and replacement.
Although this major vehicle problem was detected before anyone was injured or killed, many vehicles are recalled only after injuries and deaths occur. By law, automobile manufacturers are required to inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) if there is a safety defect. The automaker has five days to inform NHTSA after discovering the problem.
However, recalls can be very, very expensive for automobile manufacturers, and issuing a recall also means admitting there is a problem, which the carmaker may want to deny if it’s worried about liability. In prior years, automobile manufacturers have denied there was a problem with a certain vehicle or in some cases, took steps to hide the problems from the public.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle because of a safety problem with the vehicle, the manufacturer or the retailer can be held liable. If you’re in the Dallas area, call the Dallas automobile recall attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. We will strive to get you compensation for your injuries. Call today.