The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2008 Honda Accord, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. Inadvertent Side Air Bag Deployment NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA14004

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 29, 2014
    • Date Closed: January 04, 2016
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags
    Air Bags:Side/Window

    Summary: Honda is conducting a safety recall of approximately 303,900 model year 2008-2009 Honda Accord sedans to address inadvertent deployment of the side air bags (see NHTSA recall 15V-665 for more information).It should be noted that almost all of the recalled vehicles are the 2008 Accords (built from start of model year 2008 production to June 25, 2008) as only about 500 early-built 2009 Accords (built from June 24 to June 30, 2008) are included in the recall.The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has identified 351 reported incidents of inadvertent side air bag deployments in the 2008 Accord sedans.This investigation found there is risk of serious injury to vehicle occupants or users who are positioned in the direct path of a deploying side curtain air bag.Based on the recall action taken by Honda, this Engineering Analysis is closed.Additional information on this closing resume and the investigation are in the EA14-004 public file available on-line at SaferCar.gov.The ODI reports cited above can be reviewed online at www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchNHTSAID under the following identification numbers:10232206 10235294 10255323 10268158 10268191 10269514 10276755 10279446 10280675 10308292 10319979 10342520 10353536 10408925 10436506 10447151 10458732 10468196 10468200 10493407 10494971 10522291 10524389 10543092 10544473 10545258 10547591 10554073 10563629 10565311 10565423 10576518 10579241 10584501 10585442 10606937 10608973 10627302 10638541 10640968 10650861 10654858 10679518 10680063 10683967 10712981 10717410 10717777 10761860

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA14004 »

  2. Inadvertent Side Air Bag Deployment NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE14004

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 31, 2014
    • Date Closed: July 29, 2014
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags
    Air Bags:Side/Window

    Summary: ODI has identified 293 incidents of alleged inadvertent deployment of the side air bags in model year (MY) 2008 Honda Accord 4-door vehicles.This total represents all incidents reported to both ODI and Honda including those from Honda's warranty system (note: the total shown above eliminates all duplicative reports to ODI and Honda).This investigation has revealed that when the driver or front passenger door is shut, the driver-side or passenger-side side curtain air bag can deploy, and in some cases, the side seat-mounted torso air bag can deploy as well.Fourteen people allegedly suffered injuries caused by the deploying air bags.In June 2008, near the end of MY 2008 Accord 4-door production, Honda changed the crash parameter for door closing force, which is embedded in the electronic control unit's software code, in order to reduce the incidents of the inadvertent side air bag deployments.More specifically, the software design change was made on June 5, 2008 for the Accords built in the U.S. and on June 30, 2008 for those built in Japan.ODI found the number of the inadvertent deployment incidents declined significantly for the vehicles with the new crash parameter setting, i.e., the late-built MY 2008 vehicles and all MY 2009 vehicles.Honda reported the Accord 2-door model utilizes a different software/crash parameter than the subject 4-door model.This Preliminary Evaluation has been upgraded to an Engineering Analysis (EA14-004) to determine, among other things, the risk of air bag deployment injuries to vehicle users in vulnerable positions.The ODI reports cited above can be reviewed online at www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchNHTSAID under the following identification numbers: 10232206, 10235294, 10255323, 10268158, 10268191, 10269514, 10276755, 10279446, 10280675, 10308292, 10319979, 10342520, 10353536, 10408925, 10436506, 10447151, 10458732, 10468196, 10468200, 10493407, 10494971, 10522291, 10524389, 10543092, 10544473, 10545258, 10547591, 10554073, 10563629, 10565311, 10565423, 10576518, 10579241, 10584501, 10585442, 10606937, 10608973.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE14004 »

  3. SRS Control Module Failure NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE15029

    Component(s): Air Bags
    Air Bags:Frontal:Sensor/Control Module

    Summary: ODI has identified 19 VOQ reports alleging failure of the air bag SRS control module.One of the reports involved a frontal crash event where the frontal air bags did not deploy.The crash resulted in an injury to the driver and lone occupant, and the vehicle was subsequently inspected by the agency.According to the reports, the failure of the SRS module is indicated by the air bag readiness indicator lamp illuminating on the instrument panel.Consumers report the SRS control module had to be replaced to correct the condition.Several reports indicated that the SRS module was unable to communicate thus preventing diagnostic trouble codes from being retrieved.An inability of the SRS unit to communicate raises concern about the readiness of the entire supplemental restraints system.As a result, for vehicles with a failed SRS module, some or all of the air bags may be unavailable in a crash warranting deployment.ODI is opening this investigation to further evaluate the scope, frequency, and consequence of the alleged SRS module failures.The VOQ reports cited above can be reviewed online at www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchNHTSAID under the following identification numbers: 10733519, 10715339, 10703521, 10676517, 10653157, 10648611, 10633431, 10629318, 10627454, 10606626, 10604360, 10583069, 10578211, 10533114, 10500547, 10480012, 10462403, 10457826, 10441706.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE15029 »