Honda announced it’s recalling 318,000 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. and 63,400 Acura MDX sport-utility vehicles in several nations because the air bags could deploy unnecessarily, due to electrical interference with a computer chip.
Honda acknowledged it had received complaints from owners of 2003 and 2004 model year Odyssey minivans and 2003 Acura MDX sport-utility vehicles, after the air bags popped open while they were just driving along.
Honda said that owners of the recalled vehicles should take them to Honda dealers, where technicians will install an “electrical noise filter.”
Caution: If you are shopping for a used car, you cannot rely on the dealer to ensure that the safety recall repairs have been performed. Auto dealers are actively opposing legislation that would require them to fix unsafe, recalled vehicles prior to renting, selling, or loaning them to unsuspecting consumers.