The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ordered a recall on 81,000 – 2004 and 2005 model year Honda Accords due to an unsafe driver’s side airbag seat positioning sensor.
The seat positioning sensor detects the drivers seating position and adjusts the airbag pressure. On some of the Honda’s wiring harnesses, the sensor was attached to the seat frame in the wrong location which can cause them to malfunction.
Regardless of the seating position, the airbag system will default to full inflation pressure which can increase the risk of airbag causing injury to smaller drivers in a crash, according to NHTSA.
If the seat positioning sensor is broken, the airbag warning light will turn on.
Dealers will replace the seat position sensor wiring sub-harness when the recall begins in February. Honda Accord owners may contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or call Honda at 1-800-999-1009.