Honda Malaysia has announced a recall for a total of 9,998 units of the Honda Accord (2.0-litre) which was manufactured from 2003 to 2007 for a second replacement of the Takata driver front airbag inflator.
This recall was made as a preventive measure to ensure that every model affected by the defective Takata airbag inflators has been resolved properly even though the said model was part of the first recall program held not too long ago.
According to Honda Malaysia, “As customer safety is always Honda’s top priority, the company believes this second recall is necessary as a precautionary action and urges affected customers to replace the defective driver front airbag inflator as soon as possible.”
“The second replacement of the defective Takata driver front airbag inflator is free of charge and the cost of the replacement will be borne by the company. Honda Malaysia would like to emphasise that all its current selling models are not affected, and they will continue to uphold transparency and stringent controls to ensure customer safety.”
There has been no reports of crashes or injuries related to the matter. All affected customers will receive a notification letter regarding the issue and Honda Malaysia will try their level best to solve the issue in the shortest amount of time possible.
As at 21 April 2019, Honda Malaysia has completed more than 243,720 units of Takata driver front airbag inflator replacements, which translates to 92% completion ratio. The total number of Takata driver and passenger front airbag inflator replacements completed is at more than 527,480 units or 89% completion ratio.
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.
Vehicle owners can check their vehicles’ recall status either by logging on to www.honda.com.my or www.productrecall.honda.com.my or by calling Honda Toll Free number at 1-800-88-2020.