Honda's logo on its Modulo model is pictured at its showroom at its headquarters in Tokyo
Honda's logo on its Modulo model is pictured at its showroom at its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, February 19, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon)

An estimated 118,598 2019 Honda CR-V has been recalled as Honda yet again tries to fix the problem of airbags that may suddenly deploy. Honda airbag issues have been the company's main dilemma since 2013 as part of the Takata airbag recall incident, which affected other car brands as well.

One of the priorities at Honda is the safety of its customers. This is why the company continues to repair the defective airbags of Takata and makes a new call to review their vehicles. This time, it is the 2019 Honda CR-Vs which are built from October 3, 2018, through April 1, 2019, totaling about 118,000 CR-Vs in the US, and another 19,000 in Korea and Canada.

So far, there have been no reports of related CR-V crashes due to the airbags that can suddenly deploy for no reasons. However, Honda is aware of six reported unprompted airbag deployments incident, and three of them included injury claims.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, metal on the inside of the steering wheel can cut into wires there, causing a short circuit. This will then show warning signs such as the control buttons malfunctioning, the horn sounds differently, warning light turning on, and the worst-case scenario, which is the airbags deploying with no reasons at all.

Honda is now working hand in hand with its distributors to contact the owners of affected vehicles. The 2019 Honda CR-V recall will cost nothing. So Honda encourages everyone to check whether their cars have an open recall using NHTSA's website. Simply put in the car's 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) to see if your car qualified. The next step after that would be to contact their distributor as soon as they can.

It is worth noting that in the past few months, Honda has recalled vehicles due to the same airbag problems Takata made, with an emphasis on all Honda Accords from 2001 to 2007 and Honda Odyssey from 2002 to 2004. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the recall call covers 1.1 million vehicles in the country. Another 100,000 cars were called for review in Canada, Mexico, and Central America.

Takata, one of the largest suppliers of airbags for the automotive industry, delivered defective airbags to automakers for more than a decade. More than 100 million vehicles of different brands were affected worldwide, including Honda, Toyota, and General Motor. More than 290 injured around the world have been linked to the failures of the Takata airbags with a total of 23 deaths. Out of these deaths, 21 have occurred in Honda vehicles.