Only Honda and Jeep issued recall notices this week for safety issues that require owners to act.
The following vehicles fitted with a driver’s airbag with a Takata NADI 5-AT inflator have been recalled by Honda (VINs found here):
1998-2000 Honda Accord
1998-2000 Honda CR-V
1998-2000 Honda Legend
As with similar recalls, there is a risk of moisture entering the airbag inflator unit and degrading the airbag propellant. This could lead to the propellant not reacting as intended during a collision, causing misdeployment of the airbag which may lead to the airbag inflator rupturing, causing sharp metal fragments to enter the vehicle cabin at high speed, killing or injuring vehicle occupants. The airbag may also underinflate or inflate too slow and not provide the protection intended.
Owners of affected vehicles are advised to stop driving their vehicle immediately. They may also receive a letter from Honda Australia asking them to make contact to arrange for the vehicle to be towed to a dealer for free.
Due to the age of the affected vehicles, there are currently no replacement parts available so Honda Australia will offer to buy back any affected vehicle at market value that is registered for road use in Australia at the time of the recall. Alternative transport options will be arranged by Honda Australia directly with the customer until the buyback process is completed.
The second and final recall notice this week is for 2018-2019 Jeep Wrangler JL vehicles (VINs found here) which have an issue with the transmission harness having insufficient clearance to the catalytic converter.
If the battery cable makes contact with the catalytic converter a fire may occur or the safety systems may be disabled leading to an engine stall. This could also result in an unexpected crash increasing the risk of an injury occurring to vehicle occupants and other road users.
Known affected owners will be contacted and advised to present their vehicle at their preferred dealer for a free inspection and rectification if necessary.
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