After a series of complaints, Honda Accord airbags are now under the investigation of the feds. The car ranks as one of the most affordable midsize cars in the US, and until the SRS module control problem surfaced it was considered one of the safest car models in the world, scoring top marks at various crash testings.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is concerned about the reports claiming that the SRS module of the 2008 mannequin model of Honda Accord fails to communicate with the management PC of the car model. The airbags refuse to deploy during front crashes when their status indicator lamps are malfunctioned, putting in danger the lives of the driver and of the passengers.
The Japanese company mentioned in recent public filing that in a single day they have received no less than 20 complaints which claimed the airbag of their top-selling model failed to communicate with the control module. The examination by the NHTSA covers around 400,000 automobiles of the Japanese manufacturer.
So far there have been only two serious accidents involving the car that have been submitted. However, most of the existing complaints claim that they were advised by their car dealers to replace the SRS indicator light.
The 2008 model of Honda Accord comes with a light on the instrument panel that warns its driver when the airbags stop working, but recent investigations have concluded that in several cases the module failed to show the correct diagnostic codes and the only way to repair it is by replacing the entire module, which costs between $400 and $700.
Honda claim that they are aware of the probe and that they are planning to work together with the NHTSA as the complaints keep coming to light.
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