Honda recalling Pilots, Odysseys for faulty airbags

Honda recall involves potentially missing rivets on airbag covers, which could cause them to deploy improperly. Some 748,000 late-model Pilots and Odysseys are part of the Honda recall.

This undated image provided by Honda shows the 2013 Honda Pilot. Some 748,000 late-model Pilots and Odysseys are involved in a new Honda recall involving faulty driver's-side airbags.

Missing rivets on safety airbags are forcing another Honda recall.

After a series of large recalls in 2012, Honda on Friday announced it will recall 748,000 Honda Pilots and Odysseys. The affected model years are 2009-13 Pilots as well as 2011-13 Odysseys.

The problem is the driver's-side airbags, which may be missing rivets that secure the airbag cover.

"If the rivets are missing, the airbag may not deploy properly, increasing the risk of injury in a crash," Honda said in a statement.

No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the problem, the Japanese automaker added.

Honda is urging affected Pilot and Odyssey owners to take their vehicles to a dealer, who will inspect the airbag and replace it, if necessary, free of charge.

The automaker will send out notices starting in mid-February alerting owners if they're affected by the Honda recall. At that time, Pilot and Odyssey owners will also be able to go online at or call 800-999-1009 (select option 4) to see if their vehicles are involved.

Last year, Honda issued a number of recalls for everything from faulty overhead electrical wiring and leaky power steering to power window switches that could catch on fire and ignition locks that released keys when older Pilots, Odysseys, and Acura MDXs were not in park.

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