Honda Motorcycle Air Bag 1

It appears as if the massive worldwide Takata airbag recall has now entered the world of motorcycles, with Honda issuing recall #KA8 for GL1800 Gold Wings manufactured between 2006 and 2010. While Honda has not issued any numbers on the affected Gold Wing touring bikes, the Takata airbag recall has now affected 85 million vehicles globally.

The GL1800 Gold Wing is Honda’s flagship touring motorcycle, and was the first motorcycle with an airbag when introduced to the market in 2006. According to a news release carried on autoevolution the recall is caused by “propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.”

According to a Honda statement, owners of the affected motorcycles in the US have been notified, and a second notification will be sent when parts are available for the recall and rectification works can take place. In the meantime, several online Gold Wing forums have suggested disabling the GL1800’s airbag system.

Since Boon Siew Honda does not officially import the Honda GL1800 Gold Wing, every model of the big Honda tourer on Malaysian roads is a private or grey market import. Owners of such vehicles should immediately contact the importer of their Gold Wing, or check their VIN on the Honda powersports website.