The recall is for a safety problem with the driver-side airbags that may not deploy in the event of a crash that could result in injury to the driver. The driver-side airbags in these vehicles were assembled without all of the rivets the properly secure the airbag's plastic cover.
Honda says that no accidents or injuries related to this air bag problem have occurred to date.
Further information is scarce at this writing as the announcement has come from just Honda so far.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not issued their formal notice yet.
Honda, in their announcement, urges owners to take their vehicles in for inspection and repair as soon as they receive the recall notice from Honda.
However, Honda says further that they will not be issuing those notices until mid-Feb., 2013.
Additionally, they say in their statement that consumers will not be able to determine if their Pilot or Odyssey is involved in this recall until mid-Feb. when that information will be available. At that time, the consumer can get further information by going to www.recalls.honda.com or calling 1-800-999-1009 and selecting option 4.
Interestingly, Honda has led the industry in the U.S. since 2011 in safety related recalls including some prior issues with airbags. In 2011, Honda recalled more vehicles than any other manufacturer. In 2012, they recalled almost four million vehicles in safety campaigns, finishing second behind Toyota who recalled over five million vehicles.