Seems like the Takata airbag recall saga all over the world just doesn’t seem to end. Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) has issued a recall for 5,088 cars in the Indian market to replace the faulty driver and passenger side airbag inflator supplied by Takata. The cars subject to recall include the previous generation models of the Jazz, City, Civic, CR-V and Accord.
Honda reveals that 10 units of the Honda Jazz manufactured between 2009-12 have been recalled. A total of 2,099 Honda City models built between 2007-13 have been recalled and just 52 units of the Honda Civic made between 2006-08 are subject to this recall. The Honda CR-V accounts for the maximum recall number which is 2,577 units built between 2003-08 and also a few from 2011. The Honda Accord manufactured in 2003 includes 350 cars under this recall.
Honda has issued an official statement that dealerships will perform replacement and inspection of these parts from July 29th, 2019 onwards and will contact customers directly. Customers can also check online if their vehicle is subject to this recall making use of their VIN number on the Honda website.
The problem is, that these faulty Takata airbag inflators might deploy with excess pressure. So instead of protecting the occupants, these airbags which are meant to be safety features might pose a threat to life. The internal pressure from these Takata airbag inflators might result in injury by rupturing the occupant body and hence, to avoid any risk, Honda urges customers to get their cars inspected and fixed soon, for free.
The good thing is, none of the latest cars are affected by this. While almost all of Honda’s portfolio is subject to recall, these cars are from a decade ago. Honda has proactively issued this recall in India, without any specific concern being raised by an owner under an accident situation.
Honda is now gearing up to bring the HR-V to the Indian market to rival the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier, Nissan Kicks and MG Hector.