Honda today in an official communication informed us that they will be extending the number of affected units due the Takata airbag problem by 1,90,578 units. This voluntary and precautionary recall involves previous generation models from their Indian line-up. This is Honda’s largest ever recall since the concept of voluntary recall started in India.
The recall involves more 1.3 lakhs units of the City manufactured between 2008 and 2011. Affected cars go back to as early as 2003 for the Accord which has 22,483 units in the list with manufacturing dates till 2011. The Takata airbag controversy involves millions and millions of cars affected globally. It involves a defective inflator and propellent devices that may deploy improperly in case of a crash, shooting metal fragments into the car’s occupants.
Honda’s total recall tally in India stands at 7 lakh units so far. Global figures for all the brands has in fact gone past the 50 million mark already. Honda India will be contacting the customers directly and the parts will be replaced free of cost at the dealership. Replacement of the inflators though will begin only from the month of September. Globally, the huge demand of replacement parts has often caused massive delays in fixing things.
Customers can also check whether their car is in the list of affected units by submitting their 17 character VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on a dedicated microsite. The link for it can be found here.