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Honda Malaysia has announced another recall for 23,476 units of the Accord, City, Civic, CR-V, Insight, Jazz and Stream that were previously recalled to replace potentially defective Takata front airbag inflators.
The company says this is a preventative measure and does not significantly change the total number of recalled vehicles, as it involves the replacement of inflators installed in vehicles previously subject to recall.
The affected models are as prescribed in the attached tables (one for front driver airbag inflator and the other for front passenger airbag inflator), and customers are strongly urged to replace them as soon as possible. The replacement of the defective Takata front airbag inflators is free of charge, with the cost of the replacement being borne by the company.
Affected customers will be notified by Honda Malaysia and can send their vehicles to any of the 95 Honda authorised service dealers in the country for inspection and replacement. The company adds that it will do its utmost best to ensure 100% stock availability in the shortest period of time to ensure a smooth replacement process for all 23,476 affected cars.
As at October 1, 2019, Honda Malaysia has replaced more than 249,000 units of Takata front driver airbag inflators, which translates to a 91% completion rate. Meanwhile, the total number of Takata driver and passenger front airbag inflator replacements completed is at more than 537,000 units, or an 89% completion ratio. All current models on sale are not affected by the recall.
It is imperative that customers check to see if their vehicle is among those affected, and you can do so via Honda Malaysia’s dedicated website with your vehicle’s VIN number. Alternatively, you can also contact Honda Toll Free number at 1-800-88-2020. In its official release, the company also states:
Honda Malaysia also appeals to affected Honda customers who have yet to have their affected Takata front airbag inflators replaced to do so urgently as it may deploy with excessive internal pressure when activated. The defective airbag inflator casing might rupture which may result in injury or fatality of the driver and passenger.