Another GL1800 Recall: this time Airbags

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Another GL1800 Recall: this time Airbags

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 30, 2016 8:36 pm

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.

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

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.

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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Re: Another GL1800 Recall: this time Airbags

Postby peppilepew » Tue May 31, 2016 9:47 am

I am sure this is an extension of their automobile recall campaign. Honda got hit hard with bag recalls. Very small percentage of 1800's have air bags.

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Re: Another GL1800 Recall: this time Airbags

Postby themainviking » Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:38 am

I wonder how long it will take Honda to realize that they sold Airbag models in other places than the Southern US and other really hot places. I am pretty sure that if it is heat realated, then ALL GL1800s produce enough heat all by themselves without the extra thirty degrees difference between Florida and Michigan. If heat cycles are the culprit, then all Airbag models are due for the fix. I would just as soon a removal.
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Re: Another GL1800 Recall: this time Airbags

Postby peppilepew » Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:49 am

I wonder how effective the system is in real life. It sounds like a great idea. Cost and space restrictions in my opinion make bags on a wing something i wouldn't consider. There must have been a number of events to trigger this recall. Bmw has had more than their share of problems. Let's hope the recalls end with this latest.

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Re: Another GL1800 Recall: this time Airbags

Postby Morgoon » Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:50 am

Once again - Canadian GW's are not yet included in this recall. I ride mine all year - winters in Florida and summers mainly in Canada but I do trips to the USA - not sure about this heat thing as the temperatures are often in the high 80's + long days 14 to 16 hours before sunset (ie 'stays hot' longer
- even nighttime)
- sometimes the temperature gauge on the bike show's much higher as when the bike sitting there (in the sun) - the temperature reads extremely high (I say it's over 40*C (that's over 100*F).

Like most GW's prior to the moving of manufacturing to Japan - mine was made in Ohio (all were made there). So it's an American assembled bike - I don't think they put different airbag units in GW's sold in different areas - non issue...
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