An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2005-2006 Acura MDX and Honda CR-V vehicles, 2005-2011 Honda Element vehicles, 2005-2012 Acura RL vehicles, 2006-2012 Honda Ridgeline vehicles, 2007-2008 Honda Fit vehicles and 2005-2008 Honda Pilot vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or “Zone A.”
Additionally, if not included in “Zone A” above, Honda is recalling certain 2005-2006 Acura MDX and Honda CR-V vehicles, 2005-2009 Acura RL and Honda Element vehicles, 2007-2008 Honda Fit vehicles, 2005-2008 Honda Pilot vehicles and 2006-2009 Honda Ridgeline vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or “Zone B.”
Additionally, if not included in “Zone A” or “Zone B” above, Honda is recalling certain 2005-2006 Acura MDX and Honda CR-V vehicles, 2005-2008 Acura RL, Honda Element and Honda Pilot vehicles, 2007-2008 Honda Fit vehicles and 2006-2008 Honda Ridgeline vehicles originally sold, or ever registered in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138.
Honda’s numbers for this recall are KD9 and KE0.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
February 1, 2017
05715 Version 2
Safety Recall: Front Passenger’s Airbag Inflator Can Be OverPressurized (Phase 2)
Supersedes 17-001, dated January 11, 2017; See REVISION SUMMARY
Following NHTSA direction, there are now five phases based on three different zones.
If the iN VIN status inquiry directs you to do this campaign, follow the applicable procedure regardless of where the vehicle is currently located because it may have moved between different states. Make sure you file a claim using the correct warranty claim information to avoid your claim being rejected.
|2005–06||MDX||ALL||Check the iN VIN status for eligibility|
|2005–12||RL||ALL||Check the iN VIN status for eligibility|
Zone A applies to model years 2005 through 2012 vehicles, that are located or ever registered in: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
|2005–06||MDX||ALL||Check the iN VIN status for eligibility|
|2005–09||RL||ALL||Check the iN VIN status for eligibility|
Zone B applies to model years 2005 through 2009 vehicles, that are located or ever registered in: Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
|2005–06||MDX||ALL||Check the iN VIN status for eligibility|
|2005–08||RL||ALL||Check the iN VIN status for eligibility|
Zone C applies to model years 2005 through 2008 vehicles, that are located: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
As of February 1st, 2017, inflator kit part numbers that end in -306 are no longer available and have been removed from this bulletin. Refer to the PARTS INFORMATION section for the part number you need to order and a list of inflator part numbers that you may receive.
NHTSA and its independent expert reviewed the findings of three independent investigations into the Takata air bag inflator ruptures. According to NHTSA, the combination of time, high temperature fluctuations, and humidity contribute to the degradation of the propellant in the inflators. NHTSA has concluded that this degradation can cause the propellant to burn too quickly, creating more pressure than the inflator can withstand, and in extreme cases causing the inflator to rupture and sends shrapnel through the air bag toward vehicle occupants. NHTSA is prioritizing the recall of air bag inflators based on the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants.
Currently there are five planned phases to this campaign. The subsequent phases will launch at a future date per NHTSA direction, but it will be several years before the final phase launches. Additionally, AHM may add new affected models or affected years to each phase. Always do an iN VIN status inquiry to see if a vehicle is affected.
For more information about these inflator recalls, go to www.safercar.gov and use keyword TAKATA.
NOTE: If the VIN status inquiry indicates that the vehicle is subject to any open safety recalls, including the driver’s airbag inflator, make sure to also complete those recall repairs before returning the vehicle to the client. If you are unable to complete any open recall, advise the client of the recall status and when the recall could be completed.
New and different inflators are available. You will receive a different part number than ordered, and the inflator may physically look different from previous replacement parts. As a result, there will be different installation instructions. Make sure you review this service bulletin for installation instructions and details about model applicability. PARTS INFORMATION and REPAIR PROCEDURE were updated to reflect these new parts.
On June 18, 2015, there was a change in the return process for driver and front passenger inflators. Refer to the PIB B15-0006, Inflator Kit Return Process for more information.
Owners of affected vehicles will be sent a notification of this campaign.
Do an iN VIN status inquiry to make sure the vehicle is shown as eligible.
Some vehicles affected by this campaign may be in your used vehicle inventory. Failure to repair a vehicle subject to a recall or campaign may subject your dealership to claims or lawsuits from the customer or anyone else harmed as a result of such failure. In addition, state law may provide American Honda with the right to seek indemnification in any such claim or lawsuit. To see if a vehicle in inventory is affected by this recall, do a VIN status inquiry before selling it.
Replace the passenger’s airbag inflator, then return the original, undeployed inflator as directed.
|Part Name||Order Part Number||You may receive any of the following||Quantity|
|2005–06 MDX Front Passenger’s Airbag|
|2005–12 RL Front Passenger’s Airbag Inflator|
- Replacement inflators with P/Ns that end with 305 come with shipping insulation wrapped around them. Follow the removal instructions listed in REPAIR PROCEDURE. The insulation is not toxic but some people may be sensitive to it.
- Replacement part numbers ending in 315 are similar to the ones with plastic caps at the end but the plastic caps have square openings.
- The inflator kit box must be used to return the recalled inflator to its supplier. Be careful not to damage the inflator kit box.
- If the recalled, undeployed inflator is not returned, the warranty claim for that vehicle will be charged back to your dealership.
- To return the undeployed inflators, follow the shipping instructions outlined in PIB B15-0006.
- Parts staff can scan the part number and serial number from the outside of the box into the warranty claim by using the Controlled Part Serial No. screen and scanning the applicable information. Refer to the Job Aid Ordering and Managing Replacement Inflators for more information.
WARRANTY CLAIM INFORMATION
- Process claims as quickly as possible so that resources can be properly allocated.
- Enter the part number of the inflator that you received into the warranty claim, not the part number that you ordered. For more information, refer to step 6 of REPAIR PROCEDURE.
- To avoid non-payment of warranty claims, the serial number of the new airbag inflator must be entered in the warranty claim. For more information, refer to step 6 of REPAIR PROCEDURE.
- To avoid a warranty claim being charged back to your dealership, you must return the original, undeployed inflator to its supplier. Follow the shipping instructions outlined in PIB B15-0006, Inflator Kit Return Process.
- The serial number is encoded into the bar code printed on the label inside of the box and on a label attached to the outside of the box. If your dealership uses a scanner, you can scan the serial number from either place into the claim.
- The part number is encoded into a barcode attached to the outside of the box. If your dealership uses a scanner, you can scan the part number into the claim.
- If you confuse the serial number and part number when entering the claim information, your claim will automatically be rejected.
- For more information about scanning and filing airbag inflator recall claims, refer to Ordering and Managing Replacement Inflators. From the iN, select Service, Warranty, then Claims Reference Guide. Under HOT TIPS/TOPICS, select Ordering and Managing Replacement Inflators.
- Each VIN is assigned to a specific campaign. Make sure you file a claim using the correct warranty claim information to avoid your claim being rejected.
Replacing the front passenger’s airbag inflator
|Year/ Model||Operation Number||Replacement Part number||Flat|
|Defect Code||Symptom Code||Template ID||Failed Part Number|
|2005–06 MDX||7540A2||04790-S3V-305||0.7 hr||6DB00||KE000||17-001N||06780-S3V-A10ZA|
|2005–12 RL||7540A2||04790-SJA-305||0.8 hr||6DB00||KE000||17-001Q||06780-SJA-A80|
Skill Level: Repair Technician
- If the VIN status inquiry indicates that the vehicle is subject to any open safety recalls, including a driver’s airbag inflator campaign/recall, make sure to also complete those recall repairs before returning the vehicle to the customer. If you are unable to complete any open recall, advise the customer of the recall status and when the recall could be completed.
- Make sure you have the anti-theft code for the audio and navigation system (if applicable), then write down the frequencies for the radio’s preset buttons.
- Be careful not to damage any parts when replacing the inflator, and follow the procedure exactly.
- If, before removing the airbag, you suspect that it may be the incorrect airbag for the vehicle or a counterfeit, do not remove the airbag. Contact your DPSM for assistance.
- Turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position and check if the SRS indicator comes on for about 6 seconds, then turns off.
- If the indicator comes on, then turns off after about 6 seconds, go to step 2.
- If the indicator does not come on, or if it stays on, contact your DPSM for assistance
- Disconnect the battery negative cable and wait at least 3 minutes before continuing.
- Remove the front passenger’s airbag by referring to the applicable electronic service manual.
- Place the airbag, face-down, on a clean shop towel.
- The orientation of the airbag is critical because if the inflator is installed incorrectly, the harness will be too short when you reinstall the airbag.
- The brackets between the various models are similar but may differ from the example shown.
- Visually inspect the airbag and the inflator for any unusual writing or markings.
- If there is nothing unusual about the airbag or the inflator, go to step 6.
- If there are any unusual markings, like an incorrect label or a model year written in marker, the airbag and inflator may not be the correct airbag and/or inflator for the vehicle or it may be a counterfeit part. For more information about counterfeit airbags, you can refer to gov, enter keywords MANAGING COUNTERFEIT, and select Recommended Dealer Guidance for Managing Counterfeit Air Bags from the list. If you suspect that the airbag or inflator is counterfeit, do not continue this procedure. Contact your DPSM for assistance.
- Peel the label located inside the inflator box from its backing and attach it to the RO. For the warranty claim to be paid, the replacement inflator part number that you received must be included in the warranty claim.
- The replacement part number is printed on the top part of the label and the serial number is printed on the bottom. Make sure you attach the label to the RO and give it to the warranty clerk.
- There may also be a colored sticker located in the kit, ignore it because it is not used.
- Not all inflator kits have a label included. In those cases, write the serial number and part number from the side of the inflator box on the RO. The part number always starts with 047.
- If the replacement inflator (P/N ends with 305) is wrapped with shipping insulation, remove it:
- Wear disposable gloves and protective glasses. The insulation is not toxic or dangerous, but some people may be sensitive to the insulation.
- Dispose of the insulation and wrapping paper to avoid getting the insulation dust/fibers on you or the airbag assembly.
- Do not reuse the insulation or wrapping paper. You do not need to wrap the inflator being removed from the vehicle when it is returned.
- Cut the wires off from the opposite side from where they are tied (twisted) together.
NOTE: Do not cut the insulation.
- Hold the paper wrapping the inflator with one hand and slide the insulation off into the trash.
NOTE: The insulation is securely wrapped around the inflator. You may have to use some force to slide the insulation off. Do not cut the insulation and be careful that you do not move the white or orange plastic ends.
- Remove the wrapping paper and drop it into the trash.
- Remove the harness from both ends of the inflator bracket.
- Short the red wires.
NOTE: You must cut and short the wires as indicated to prevent accidental deployment.
- Cut the red wires as shown.
- Cut about 2 inches of the corrugated tube, then pull out the two red wires.
- Strip away about 1 inch of the wire insulation, then twist the wires together.
- Tape the twisted ends with electrical tape.
- Cut off the connector and short the yellow wires.
You must cut and short the wires as indicated to prevent accidental deployment.
- Cut all four wires to remove the connector.
- Cut about 2 inches of the corrugated tube, then pull out the yellow wires.
- Strip away about an inch of the wire insulation, then twist the wire ends together.
- Tape the twisted ends with electrical tape.
- Remove the four inflator nuts.
- Remove the inflator bracket.
NOTE: You can only remove one of the brackets, as the other is welded to the airbag housing.
- Remove the inflator by pushing it out.
- Install the new inflator.
Click on the image below for a short video about the different variations of the driver’s and front passenger’s replacement inflators involved with the recalls related to inflators. While both the driver’s and front passengers inflators are shown in the video, this is informational only. Replace inflators only as directed by the iN VIN status inquiry.
Check your part number against the ones listed for each installation procedure. Use the correct installation procedure for the part you received.
NOTE: Part numbers ending in 315 appear slightly different because they have square openings in the plastic caps.
- The collars on this inflator are orange, not white. One side of the inflator has a longer collar, a tab, a plastic cutout, and a small flat spot on the connector. The other side of the inflator has a shorter collar, no tab, and a red dot. Make sure you insert the end with the longer collar into the airbag first.
- Slide the inflator in until the plastic cutout and the small flat spot align with the tab on the bracket. There should be no space or gap between the inflator and bracket.
- Install the bracket included in the kit onto the airbag module. There should be a red dot visible on the end of the plastic connector. There should be no space or gap between the inflator and bracket.
- Install the new 5 mm locknuts and torque them in sequence to 9 N•m (34 lb-in).
- Remove the stickers covering the terminals on both sides of the new inflator.
- Install the new inflator harness.
- Make sure the airbag and harness are aligned as shown.
- Make sure you have the orientation correct as shown below. If you connect the harness incorrectly, the harness cannot be removed, and you will not be able to reinstall the airbag because the harness will be too short.
- Connect the red wire connector to the connector with the red dot.
- Connect the two connectors. Align the “T” shape in the inflator harness connector with the T-shaped inflator connector, then press the connector into place.
- After you hear each connector click, wiggle it to make sure it is secure. NOTE: If the connector is not properly aligned, it will come out.
- Connect the harness to the inflator brackets.
- Insert the side without the shrink-wrap tubing first. Insert the harness at the third “valley” in the corrugated tube.
- Insert the side of the harness with the shrink-wrap tubing into the inflator bracket. Make sure the harness is securely inserted and that it does not sag.
- Reinstall the passenger’s airbag into the vehicle and torque the new locknuts to 8 N•m (7.2 lb-ft).
- Reconnect the battery negative cable and enter the anti-theft code for the audio and navigation system (if applicable), then enter the audio unit presets.
- Turn the ignition to the ON (II) position and make sure the SRS indicator comes on for about 6 seconds, then turns off.
- For boxes where the inflator came with shipping insulation (part number ends with 305): Remove the cardboard insert and turn it 90 degrees. Then insert the cardboard into the slots as shown. NOTE:
- Do not reuse the shipping insulation.
- The cardboard insert needs to be adjusted to send back the original inflator otherwise the original inflator removed from the vehicle will rattle around and may be rejected by the courier.
- Put the original inflator into the box the new one came in. Make sure there is no other hardware in the box because if the package rattles, it will not be accepted by the courier.
- Follow the shipping instructions outlined in PIB A15-0002 to return the undeployed inflator.
- Give your warranty clerk the RO that includes the replacement inflator serial number and replacement part number. For the warranty claim to be paid, the replacement inflator part number must be included in the warranty claim.