Recall News: Honda GL1800 Gold Wings Recalled For Faulty Airbags

2,701 Honda Gold Wings are on the recall list for defective airbag inflators that may rupture (explode!).

2006–2010 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing recall
2006–2010 Honda GL1800 Gold Wings (2010 model shown here) are being recalled for defective airbags.©Motorcyclist
The following report is filed with the NHTSA:

Report Receipt Date: May 24, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V347000
Component(s): Airbags
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,701
Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

THE RECALL: Honda (American Honda Motor, Inc.) is recalling certain model year 2006-2010 Honda GL1800 (Gold Wing) motorcycles manufactured from February 8, 2006, to May 14, 2009 originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Honda is recalling certain model year 2006-2008 Honda GL 1800 (Gold Wing) motorcycles manufactured from May 10, 2007, to May 14, 2009 originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Motorcycles not originally sold or ever registered in either Zones A or B are not subject to this safety recall. These motorcycles are equipped with an air bag inflator assembled as part of the air bag module, used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the air bag, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN: An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the rider resulting in serious injury or death.

THE FIX: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag module containing the inflator, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870. Honda's number for this recall is KA8.

MORE RECALL INFORMATION: 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 safercar.gov.

2006 Honda Gold Wing Airbag, recall
2006 Honda Gold Wing Airbag model shown here.©Motorcyclist