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How do you replace the air bags in a Honda?

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To replace the airbags in a Honda, check HondaAirbagInfo.com to see if the vehicle is included in Honda's 2015 vehicle recall; if the car is included in the recall, call your local authorized Honda dealer to schedule a service appointment to replace the airbags. Affected vehicles include Honda Accords made between 2001 and 2007, Civics manufactured between 2001 and 2005, and CR-Vs made between 2002 and 2006.

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To replace airbags yourself, begin by removing the screw covers on the steering wheel with a flat-head screwdriver. Use a Torx screwdriver to remove the large screws that secure the center part of the steering wheel. Carefully pull off the center panel of the steering wheel, which is attached to the airbag wiring. The airbag is attached via a large yellow clip; apply pressure to the clip to pull it free.

Connect the wiring of the new airbag to the yellow wiring clip. Connect it to the steering wheel by inserting it and pushing it until it locks into place. Replace the steering wheel cover and screw it on securely. Finally, replace the plastic plates that cover the steering wheel screws by pushing them back in place. To get the airbag light to turn off, bring the vehicle to a service center to reset the system and ensure that the bag has been correctly installed.

Millions of Honda vehicles have been affected by the 2015 Takata airbag inflator recall, according to the American Honda Motor Company, Inc. Replacing affected airbags through a Honda dealership is free; car owners are encouraged to replace their airbags as quickly as possible. As of October 2015, the company has replaced more than 3 million defective airbags.

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