Some Honda Accords May Have Air Bag Defects

According to an article in the Washington Post, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating reports that air bags in Honda Accords from model year 2008 may not inflate during a crash.

The agency says in documents posted Friday that it received 19 consumer complaints that the air bag control computer failed in the Accord, which then was Honda’s top-selling model.

A driver in Belleview, Florida, was injured when his car hit a concrete wall at 50 miles per hour and the air bags didn’t inflate, according to a complaint filed with the agency. Several others complained that the computer had to be replaced to fix the problem and they were charged around $500.

The malfunction causes the air bag warning light to come one the dashboard, disabling the air bags until repairs are made.

No decision has yet been made about whether a recall is needed. If you own a 2008 Honda Accord, we recommend having the car checked out to make sure the air bag system is functioning properly.

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