As you can see, there are only a small number of vehicles effected by this recall so see if yours is one of them. The build date is on the sticker on the driver's door.
November 20, 1997
Applies To: XXXXX XXXXX See VEHICLES AFFECTED
Safety Recall: Civic Front Passenger's Airbag
The front passenger's airbag module in some 1997-98 Civics may have been improperly assembled. The cloth flaps covering the folded airbag may have been tucked in too far, which could prevent proper deployment of the airbag.
Only a small number of 1997-98 Civics are affected by this recall. Verify the car's eligibility before beginning repairs.
Customer has a recall letter - If the customer comes in with a recall notification letter (see the example at the end of this service bulletin), repair the vehicle and file a warranty claim. Attach a copy of the letter to the repair order.
No letter - If a customer brings in a 1997-98 Civic for service and does not have a letter, or you have a Civic in dealer stock that you suspect is affected by this recall, the first step is to use these charts to verify the car's eligibility:
The production dates shown in the charts are a tool to help you easily exclude cars not involved in this recall. It you have a 1997-98 Civic you suspect is affected by this recall, compare the production date on the Certification label on the driver's doorjamb to the proper chart.
< cellSpacing=2 cellPadding=1> < vAlign=top> <>* <>If the car in question was not produced during the months X'ed in the chart, it is not affected by this recall and does not need repair.
< vAlign=top> <>* <>If the car was produced in an X'ed month, the second step is to verify that it is eligible with one of the following:
< cellSpacing=2 cellPadding=1> < vAlign=top> <>- <>The VIN Status Inquiry on DCS shows the car is affected.
< vAlign=top> <>- <>The VIN is on your Campaign Responsibility Report. NOTE
:Only in 1 in 4 of the Civics produced during the three month period shown are actually affected.
All owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by mail. The owner will be advised to take the car to a Honda dealer for repair of the airbag. The text of the customer letter is at the end of this service bulletin.
Some of the affected vehicles may still be in dealer inventory. By Federal law, these vehicles cannot be sold or leased until the airbag is repaired.
Disassemble the passenger's airbag assembly and properly position the cloth flap on top of the airbag.
WARRANTY CLAIM INFORMATION
Flat rate time: 0.7 hour
Failed part: P/N 06780-S01-A90ZA
Defect code: 253
Contention code: K26
Template ID: 97-066A
Skill level: Repair Technician