Honda Accord in India affected by global recall
Honda Motors, the noted Japanese automakers, along with Nissan and Toyota are set to recall millions of cars globally. As far as India is concerned, it is the now discontinued Accord sedan which has been affected by this recall. Some of the Indian variants of Honda Accord which were manufactured between August 2000 and December 2005 will be recalled due to faulty airbags.
Honda Cars India is yet to identify these affected cars. The company has sold close to 27,000 units of Honda Accord to date but the recall will not include all these cars as only a few of these have faulty airbags. Honda Accord went on sale in India in 2001. It was phased out last year.
Honda Motor Co along with other Japanese automakers announced on Monday that cars with faulty airbags supplied by Takata Corp would bring the total recall to around 10.5 million vehicles over the past five years. These recalls are for both passenger side and driver side airbags which were manufactured by the world’s second largest automotive safety parts maker, and they were manufactured in 2000-2002.
Besides Honda, Toyota Motor Corp, Chrysler and Ford Motors will also be resorting to recalls to replace airbag inflators. These flawed airbag inflators projected a risk of exploding and shooting out shrapnel at drivers and passengers. Nissan Motors will be recalling 755,000 cars globally while Mazda Motor Corp will recall 159,807 units. BMW of Germany is also looking into the possibility of a recall as it had also used airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation on some of its models.
Update 16th July 2014: Honda Cars India has sent out a press note as below:
HCIL to replace Passenger Side Air Bag inflator of Year 2003 manufactured Accord and CR-V
16 July 2014: Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) today announced that it would carry out preventive replacement of Passenger Side Air Bag inflator of 1,085 units of Honda Accord and 252 units of Honda CR-V manufactured in Year 2003 & 1 unit of CR-V manufactured in Year 2002 as part of Honda’s global recall regarding the potential defect related to passenger air bag announced in June 2014.
HCIL is carrying out the part replacement as part of a global exercise by Honda Motor Company to ensure stringent quality standards for its products. There has been no reporting of any incident related to this part in India.
The replacement would be carried out free of cost at HCIL dealerships across India in a phased manner and the company will communicate with contactable customers directly. The customers can also check whether their car will be covered under this campaign by submitting their 17 character alpha-numeric Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the special microsite which has been created on the company’s website (www.hondacarindia.com).
In case of certain vehicles, due to a problem during the propellant forming process, the casing of the inflator may get damaged when the airbag deploys in an accident or other situation potentially causing injury to vehicle occupants.