Honda Cars India (HCIL) on Friday announced it would carry out preventive replacement of passenger side airbag inflator in 575 units of the CR-V manufactured in 2004 and driver side airbag inflator in 10,805 units of the Accord manufactured over 2003-07. The move is part of the Japanese auto giant’s global recall/safety improvement campaign concerning airbag inflators.
Besides, the passenger side airbag inflator in one unit of the Civic, 2004 make, will also be replaced. There have been no reports of any incident related to this part in India, the company said in a statement.
On Thursday, parent Honda Motor recalled 4.89 million vehicles worldwide due to potentially faulty airbags made by Takata Corporation, joining Japanese rivals Nissan Motor and Toyota. This recall at Honda doesn’t affect cars in the US, though Japan and other countries are included. No airbags with the same design as those being recalled were installed in cars sold in the US, Honda said.
According to the press release, Honda Cars India will carry out the replacement free of cost at its dealerships across India from June 4, 2015 in a phased manner and the company will communicate with customers directly. The customers can also check whether their car is covered under the campaign by submitting their 17 character alpha-numeric Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the special microsite created on the company website, it added.
In mid-2014 as well, Honda Cars India announced the replacement the passenger side airbag inflator in select units of the Accord and the CR-V as a preventive measure. HCIL recalled 1,085 units of the Accord and 252 units of the CR-V manufactured in 2003.
Back then, Honda had said a glitch in the formation of the propellant may damage the casing of the inflator when the airbag is deployed, injuring passengers. And even that recall was a part of Honda Motor Company’s bigger global recall to correct a potential defect in airbags.