The 2019 Honda CR-V is being recalled in North America due to an issue with the driver side airbag, which could deploy unexpectedly.
A total number of 118,598 vehicles are included in this safety campaign, built between October 3, 2018, and April 1, 2019. The recall notice issued by the NHTSA states that "the metal core of the steering wheel may have burrs which can damage the harnesses routed within, potentially disabling the driver’s airbag or causing it to deploy without warning".
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Both a defective airbag and one that could deploy unexpectedly increase the risk of injury. As it happens, Honda is aware of three reports of injuries that could be related to this problem. As of mid-May, they have also received 41 warranty claims and 20 field reports.
The automaker has already come up with a fix, which will see technicians install a protective cover on the steering wheel core, while also replacing the clockspring and harnesses. The repairs will be made free of charge, and since the 2019 CR-V is new and covered by the warranty, those who have fixed this issue on their own will not be reimbursed.
Dealers have already been informed and the next step will see Honda contact owners of the 2019 CR-V from July 8 by mail, asking them to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer.
The defective parts have been supplied by Autoliv, so the issue is unrelated to the Takata airbag recall.