Honda is recalling 748,000 Pilot and Odyssey vehicles because of a possible problem with their driver’s-side airbags. Honda says that the airbags may have been assembled without some of the rivets needed to secure their cover. That could keep them from deploying properly in a crash and increase the possibility of injury.
The affected Pilot SUVs were made for the 2009 through 2013 model years, while the Odyssey minivans in question were made for the 2011 through 2013 model years.
Honda will notify affected owners by mail starting in mid-February. The automaker says owners should take their vehicles to a dealer as soon as they receive notification.
Pontiacs G6 cars
U.S. safety regulators are looking at expanding a small recall of Pontiac G6 midsize cars so it includes up to 550,000 vehicles. About 8,000 of the cars were recalled by General Motors in 2009 because the brake lights and cruise control didn’t work properly. But the recall affected only cars made in January 2005.
Pontiacs G6 cars
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it’s studying whether all G-6s from the 2005 through 2009 model years should be added to the recall.
The agency says it has received 212 complaints from consumers that brake lights won’t come on when the pedal is pressed, or the lights come on for no reason. Some of the complaints also say the cruise control disengages for no reason, or it may not work at all.
About 108.000 cordless drills imported by Harbor Freight Tools of Camarillo, Calif.; sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide, via catalog and online at www.harborfreight.com from April 2008 through May 2012. The drills are blue and black and have a black trigger switch. They have a 19.2v rechargeable battery pack. The drills are made in China.
The black trigger switch can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Harbor Freight Tools has received one report of a drill overheating and burning through the handle of the unit, which resulted in a consumer receiving a minor injury.
Details: 800-444-3353 weekdays 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; harborfreight.com/recall-safety-information.
About 2,600 Toro Z Master Riding Mowers made by The Toro Co. of Bloomington, Minn.; sold at Toro dealers nationwide from January through August 2012. The 2012 Toro Z Master Commercial 2000 Series ZRT riding mowers are red and black. “Toro” and “2000 Series” are printed on the side and “Z Master Commercial” on the front of the mowers. The riding mowers were manufactured in the U.S.
The traction drive belt can wear through the mower’s fuel tank and cause fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard. Toro has received five reports of incidents.
Details: 855-493-0090 weekdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; toro.com.