U.S. auto-safety regulators are investigating Honda Motor Co.’s 2008 model Accord after receiving 19 reports that air-bag control modules had failed.
As many as 384,000 vehicles might be affected by a malfunction that could stop air bags from deploying in a crash, according to an National Highway Traffic Safety Administration filing, which states that the investigation opened on Aug. 18. One of the reports involved a crash in which the air bags didn’t inflate and the driver was injured, the document states.
The problem causes the air-bag status lamp to light up, and the air-bag system remains disabled until repaired, according to the administration’s Office of Defects Investigation.
The office will examine the scope and frequency of the issue in deciding whether to seek a recall. Honda’s public affairs office didn’t immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment.
Air bags have been a thorn in the side for Honda and the auto industry more broadly this year. In early July, the company recalled 4.5 million cars globally in connection with Takata Corp. air bags, expanding the industry’s largest recall ever. None of the newly recalled cars in that round were in the U.S. or Canada.