Recall 18V266000

Seat Mounted Side Air Bags Do Not Deploy Properly In A Crash

Recall Details

The side air bags mounted in each front seat may be restricted from proper deployment by a lack of a slit in the front seat back pads. Dealers will replace the front seat back pads free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The drive and front passenger seat backs have pads that may be missing a slit opening for the seat mounted side air bags. In the event of an accident, these side air bags restricted by the seat pads without proper openings would not deploy properly, increasing risk of occupant injury.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Honda must be performed by a Honda dealership. Honda will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in June, 2018. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Honda dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The Honda recall numbers are E1D, U1B and X1C.

Affected Cars

Body, Interior & Misc., April 26, 2018

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
April 26, 2018
NHTSA Action Number
Potential Number of Units Affected
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R vehicles. Driver and front passenger seatback pads sold as replacement service parts were made without slit openings for the seat-mounted side air bags. In the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment, the seatback pad would interfere and adversely affect air bag performance. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 214, "Side Impact Protection."
If the seat-mounted air bags cannot not deploy correctly in the event of a crash, there would be an increased risk of injury.
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front seatback pads, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 1, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is E1D, U1B, and X1C.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to
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