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Honda Recalling 405,000 Minivans And SUVs

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On: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:15PM | By: Teddy Field

Honda Recalling 405,000 Minivans And SUVs

Each year, countless Americans trust the lives of their family to a Honda vehicle. They're safe, reliable, and well thought out. Two of their most popular family rigs are the Honda Odyssey and Acura MDX. Safety conscious parents bought them by the boatload, but now 405k of those are being recalled for a faulty circuit board in the airbag control module. Is your Honda FamilyTruckster one of them? Let's find out...

Honda is voluntarily recalling 342,000 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey minivans and 63,400 copies of the 2003-2004 Acura MDX crossover. 318,683 of the recalled Odysseys were sold in the United States, along with 55,935 of the Acuras. The rest were shipped to Canada, Australia, and Japan.

The problem lies in a computer chip located inside of the airbag control module. Manufactured by U.S. supplier TRW, this little piece of silicon is said to misinterpret 'electrical noise' coming from other components in the car. If it does, the two front airbags will be told to deploy. Even though there's no threat of impending doom.

Honda says that no crashes have been reported; however, some people have experienced some abrasions on their hands and fingers due to the exploding airbags. They failed to say how many reports they've had of soiled underwear.

Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified shortly, at which point, they'll be able to have their local dealer install some sort of 'electrical filter', which Honda says will cure the problem. Until then, owners are encouraged to keep an extra pair of undies in the glove compartment.

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