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Airbags Problems: Honda Recalling 374,000 Odyssey Minivans, Acura SUVs

7:34 PM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
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Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY

Honda announced Thursday that it will recall about 318,000 Honda Odyssey minivans from the 2003 and 2004 model years due to airbag problems.

Also being recalled are 56,000 2003 Acura MDX crossover SUVs.

As has been seen in a rash of recent recalls from several automakers, the problems focus on the airbags. In this case, there's a fear they can inflate unexpectedly -- not in a crash as designed -- due to electrical interference.

The fix is easy enough. Honda technicians will install an electrical noise filter adjacent to the airbag control unit.

The latest recall is the second for the Odyssey involving airbags. In 2011, the 2003 Odyssey minivan was added to a massive recall to replace the inflators on the driver's side. It also was recalled separately for ignition switch problems and an automatic transmission issue, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's database.

Honda says it has received a "small but increasing number" of complaints in recent months of inadvertent airbag deployment. These minivans and crossovers have computer chips similar to those used in the airbag systems in other cars that were the subject of the previous recalls.

No crashes have been reported to Honda due to the inadvertant airbag deployments.

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