Safety Recall: Incorrect Installation of the Takata Front Passenger’s Airbag Inflator – 2009-2014 Acura TSX

May 16, 2019 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 19V378000

Improperly Installed Passenger Air Bag Inflator

An incorrectly installed air bag inflator may not properly deploy the passenger frontal air bag in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V378

Manufacturer Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Components AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected 19,086

 

Summary

Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2009-2014 Acura TSX, 2011-2013 TSX Sport Wagon, and 2010-2012 ZDX and 2008-2012 Honda Accord, 2010-2011 Accord Crosstour, 2006-2011 Civic, Civic Hybrid and Civic NGV, 2012-2014 Crosstour, 2007-2011 CR-V, 2009-2013 Fit, 2010-2013 Insight, and 2009-2015 Pilot vehicles. The front passenger air bag inflator may have been installed incorrectly during replacement.

 

Remedy

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the inflator installation and, if necessary, replace the passenger frontal air bag module assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 28, 2019. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are M4O, P4R, T4Q, and W4P.

 

Notes

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.

 

Check if your Acura has a Recall


Service Bulletin

B19-032
May 17, 2019
Version 1

 

Safety Recall: Incorrect Installation of the Takata Front Passenger’s Airbag Inflator

 

AFFECTED VEHICLES

Year Model Trim VIN Range
2009-14 TSX L4 Check the iN VIN status for eligibility.
2010-12 TSX V6 Check the iN VIN status for eligibility.
2011-13 TSX Sport Wagon ALL Check the iN VIN status for eligibility.

 

BACKGROUND

Some dealers incorrectly installed passenger front airbag inflators under various campaigns to replace the inflators. The incorrect installation of the inflators may have damaged the airbag assembly. Additionally, the airbag may not deploy as designed. If the inspection reveals the inflator is not installed correctly, do not replace only the inflator. If the inflator is incorrectly installed make sure to replace the front passenger’s airbag module assembly.

There are several bulletins with similar years and models. Make sure to do an iN VIN status inquiry and follow the indicated service bulletin.

 

CLIENT NOTIFICATION

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 client or anyone else harmed as a result of such failure. To see if a vehicle in inventory is affected by this safety recall, do a VIN status inquiry before selling it.

 

CORRECTIVE ACTION

Inspect the front passenger airbag inflator and, if the inflator is not installed correctly, replace the airbag module assembly.

NOTES

These notes are applicable only when the airbag assembly is replaced:

  • Write the serial number and part number from the side of the new replacement front passenger’s airbag module box on the repair order.
  • To properly dispose of the original inflator, you must remove it from the airbag module. See REMOVE THE INFLATOR FROM THE ORIGINAL AIRBAG MODULE.
  • A new inflator box must be ordered and the original inflator must be returned in the box.
  • To return the inflator, follow the shipping instructions outlined in the parts information bulletin B15-0006, Inflator Kit Return Process.
  • Place the original airbag module (without the inflator) in the airbag module box that the replacement came in. It may be called in by American Honda.

 

PARTS INFORMATION

Airbag Module Replacement

Part Name Part Number
Refer to the parts catalog using the VIN to ensure the correct airbag module and ancillary parts are ordered. Refer to the parts catalog.
  • Make sure the airbag inflator is removed from the original airbag module. See Remove the Inflator From the Original Airbag Module section of this bulletin.
  • The new airbag module box must be used to return the old airbag module without the inflator to American Honda (if requested). Be careful not to damage the airbag module box.
  • To return the inflator, follow the shipping instuctions outlined in the parts information bulletin B15-0006, Inflator Kit Return Process.
  • 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

  • To avoid non-payment of warranty claims for airbag module assembly replacement, the new airbag module part number and serial number must be included in each claim. For more information, refer to step 1 of AIRBAG MODULE INSTALLATION.
  • To avoid a warranty claim being charged back to your dealership, follow the normal warranty part retention rules. American Honda may call in the original airbag module.
  • The serial number is encoded into the bar code label attached to the outside of the box. If your dealership uses a scanner, you can scan the serial number into the claim.
  • The part number is encoded into a bar code 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.
  • Template IDs are not included because there are many model/trim/color variations.
  • There are several service bulletins with similar years and models. Make sure you file your warranty claim under the correct bulletin. If you file your claim under the wrong bulletin, your claim will be debited.
Operation
Number
Description Flat
Rate
Time
Defect
Code
Symptom
Code
Failed
Part
Number
7540A4 TSX – Inspect the original airbag inflator installation. 0.3 hr 6NG00 T4Q00 77820-TL2-A20
7541F7 TSX – Inspect the inflator and replace the original airbag module. 0.5 hr 6NG00 T4Q00 77820-TL2-A20

Skill Level: Repair Technician

 

INSPECTION PROCEDURE

NOTE

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 client. If you are unable to complete any open recall, advise the client of the recall status and when the recall could be completed.

  1. Using a plastic trim tool, remove the passenger’s dashboard side panel.

passenger's dashboard side panel

  1. Open the glove box, and remove the passenger’s dashboard trim.

passenger's dashboard trim

  1. Close the glove box, and remove the bolts and screws.

bolts and screws

  1. Pull the glove box out to detach the clips.

Pull the glove box out

  1. Disconnect the glove box light connector and the trunk lid opener main switch connector.
  2. Inspect the plastic collars on the passenger’s airbag inflator.
    • If the long collar is closer to the front passenger’s door, the inflator installation is GOOD. Reassemble the glove box in the reverse order of removal.
    • If the long collar is closer to the driver’s side, the inflator installation is NO GOOD. Go to AIRBAG MODULE INSTALLATION.

plastic collars

 

AIRBAG MODULE INSTALLATION

  1. For airbag module replacement only – Write the serial number and part number from the side of the new front replacement passenger’s airbag module box on the RO. For the warranty claim to be paid, the new front passenger’s airbag module part number and serial number must be included in the warranty claim.

passenger's airbag module part number and serial number

  1. Install the passenger’s airbag module (assembly). Refer to the applicable model’s service information.
  2. After reconnecting the 12-volt battery, turn the ignition to ON, and check if the SRS indicator comes on for about 6 seconds, then goes off. If the indicator does not come on, or comes on and stays on, follow normal troubleshooting.
  3. Set the clock (for vehicles without navigation), and enter the anti-theft code for the audio and navigation system (if applicable).
  4. For airbag module replacement only – Remove the inflator from the original airbag module. Refer to REMOVE THE INFLATOR FROM THE ORIGINAL AIRBAG MODULE.
  5. For airbag module replacement only – Give your warranty clerk the RO that includes the replacement front passenger’s airbag module serial number and replacement part number. For the warranty claim to be paid the new front replacement passenger’s airbag module part number and serial number must be included in the warranty claim.

 

REMOVE THE INFLATOR FROM THE ORIGINAL AIRBAG MODULE

NOTE

If you replaced the original airbag module because of an incorrectly installed inflator, you must remove the inflator from the original airbag module, and return the inflator as part of your pallet shipment to its supplier.

  1. Order a new inflator box from XPO to return the original airbag module inflator. Use the contact information below:

Primary Contact: Tel#: 1-210-250-5079

Email: [email protected]

  1. Remove the harness from the inflator bracket.
  2. Short the red and yellow wires.

NOTE

Depending on the vehicle, you must cut the red or yellow wires to remove the inflator, and both sets of wires must be shorted to prevent accidental deployment.

3.1 Cut the red wires about 2 inches from the inflator.

NOTE

There may be some protective tube covering the wires that needs to be cut away to access the wires.

protective tube covering

3.2 Strip away about 1 inch of the red wire insulation, then twist the wires together.

Strip away about 1 inch of the red wire insulation

3.3 Tape the twisted ends with electrical tape.

3.4 Cut the yellow wires about 2 inches from the inflator.

Cut the yellow wires

3.5 Strip away about 1 inch of the yellow wire insulation, then twist the wires together.

Strip away about 1 inch

3.6 Tape the twisted ends with electrical tape.

3.7 Remove the four inflator nuts.

four inflator nuts

  1. Remove the inflator bracket.

NOTE

You can only remove one of the brackets, as the other is welded to the airbag housing.

inflator bracket

  1. Remove the inflator by pulling it out.

Remove the inflator

  1. Put the original inflator into the new inflator box acquired from XPO. Make sure there is no other hardware in the box because if the package rattles, it will not be accepted by the courier.
  2. Follow the shipping instructions outlined in PIB B15-0006 to return the undeployed inflator.
  3. Place the original airbag module (without the inflator) in the airbag module box that the replacement came in. Properly fill out and attach a warranty claim tag to it. The original airbag module may be called in by AHM.

END


61 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
ACURA TSX 2009-2014
ACURA TSX SPORTSWAGON 2011-2013
ACURA ZDX 2010-2012
HONDA ACCORD 2008-2012
HONDA ACCORD CROSSTOUR 2010-2011
HONDA CIVIC 2006-2011
HONDA CIVIC GX 2006-2011
HONDA CIVIC HYBRID 2006-2011
HONDA CR-V 2007-2011
HONDA CROSSTOUR 2012-2014
HONDA FIT 2009-2013
HONDA INSIGHT 2010-2013
HONDA PILOT 2009-2015

10 Associated Documents

DEFECT INFORMATION REPORT

RMISC-19V378-9475.pdf 265.225KB

Download (PDF, 259KB)


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V378-4386.pdf 1439.682KB

Download (PDF, 1.37MB)


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-19V378-9796.pdf 363.762KB

Download (PDF, 355KB)


Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-19V378-7804.PDF 265.654KB

Download (PDF, 259KB)


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V378-9007.pdf 2645.852KB

Download (PDF, 2.52MB)


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V378-3310.pdf 1325.69KB

Download (PDF, 1.26MB)


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V378-3241.pdf 1719.995KB

Download (PDF, 1.64MB)


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – May 17, 2019 Subject Stop Sale/Safety Recall:09-14 Acura Multi-Model Pass. Frt. Inflator Mis-Install.

RCMN-19V378-8734.pdf 55.921KB

Download (PDF, 55KB)


Statement by American Honda Regarding Passenger Airbag Inflator Kit Installation Error Recall

RMISC-19V378-2182.pdf 108.628KB

Download (PDF, 106KB)


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – May 17, 2019 Subject Stop Sale/Safety Recall:06-15 Honda Multi-Model Pass. Frt.Inflator Mis-Install.

RCMN-19V378-2955.pdf 55.699KB

Download (PDF, 54KB)


Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=19V378&docType=RCL


 

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