DETROIT, June 10 U.S. regulators said on Monday
they have opened a preliminary evaluation into consumer
complaints that front airbags on the best-selling Honda Odyssey
minivan deploy unexpectedly.
The investigation could result in a recall for some 320,000
Odysseys from the 2003 and 2004 model years in the United States
manufactured by Honda Motor Co.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it
received six consumer complaints about improper airbag
deployment in Odyssey minivans, three of which resulted in
All six of the drivers who complained to NHTSA said the
Odysseys were on the road, either while in motion or at
start-up, when the airbag deployed without the vehicle being
involved in a crash.
Also, NHTSA said it has received 41 consumer complaints that
the air bag warning light was illuminated.
NHTSA said that it was alerted to possible problems with the
airbags in the Odyssey by a supplier that made similar airbags
for Chrysler products that were recalled.
In the first five months of 2013, Odyssey was the
top-selling minivan in the United States, with 25 percent of the
minivan market, followed closely by the Toyota Motor Corp
Sienna at 24.3 percent, the Dodge Caravan at 23.5
percent and the Chrysler Town & Country at 23.3 percent.
Dodge and Chrysler are both brands of the Chrysler Group
LLC, which is majority owned by Fiat.
A Honda spokesman said the company would cooperate with