Honda Cars India Ltd has announced a massive recall of 2,23,578 cars in India. Part of the global automotive industry’s biggest ever recall thanks to Takata Inc, the issue of faulty airbags has so far already caused over 53 million cars to be recalled globally. This is because it (Takata) had a market share of 20 per cent in the airbags business!
Honda has officially announced that the replacement of faulty parts will be carried free of cost at Honda dealerships across the nation in a phased manner from October 12, 2015. The company will be contacting the affected car owners directly.
The problem with affected units is difficult to pin point but the most likely explanation that has come up so far is that moisture seeping into the propellant used in airbags destabilises it leading to uncontrolled explosions. This can result to a spray of shrapnel in the car which can potentially hurt the occupants. So far no deaths have been reported in India related to this but the situation worldwide is not so rosy.
The above table shows the model year of the affected units. Customers can alternatively also check if their vehicle is a part of the recall by keying in their car’s chassis number here.