Honda Canada is recalling nearly 18,000 Honda CR-V compact SUVs because the vehicle’s steering wheel-mounted airbag could be damaged by sharp metal edges that might be present on the steering wheel core.
The metal could disconnect the airbag, causing it not to work and turn on the airbag (SRS) warning light, according to a recall notice on Transport Canada’s website. The problem could also cause the airbag to deploy suddenly without a crash.
The problem affects 17,951 units from the 2019 model year.
Honda Canada says it will notify CR-V owners by mail and instruct them to take their vehicle to a dealer to replace the steering wheel wiring and install a protective cover over the steering wheel core.
The CR-V is Honda’s top-selling light truck in Canada and the automaker’s second best-selling vehicle overall.
Honda had sold 17,518 units through April this year, up 2.3 per cent over the same period last year, according to the Automotive News Data Center in Detroit. May sales figures aren’t yet available.