The latest phase of recall involves 22,834 units of MY2013 Accord, City and Jazz
Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) has released a statement today announcing that it will conduct a voluntary recall campaign for replacing Takata passenger front airbag inflators. As much as 22,834 vehicles are involved in the call back as the 2013 model year Accord, City and Jazz are affected as part of the Japanese brand’s precautionary campaign.
The replacement will indeed be carried out free of charge for customers at any authorised HCIL dealerships across the country in a phased manner. The campaign will kick start from 19th January 2018 and the company will communicate with customers directly regarding the procedures. Customers can check whether their cars are involved under this campaign by submitting their 17 character alpha-numeric Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the special microsite created on the brand’s official website.
Honda has reiterated that the significance of replacing the defective Takata front airbag inflators urgently as they could possibly deploy with excessive internal pressure when activated during any emergency accident situation. The airbag inflator casing might rupture resulting in possible injury or safety risk to the occupants of the vehicle.
In this part of recall, the popular Honda City is the most affected vehicle as 22,084 units are involved while the 2013 MY Accord and Jazz raise the total number to 22,834 units as 510 and 240 units of them are affected respectively. In July 2016, over 1.9 lakh vehicles produced between 2003 and 2011 were recalled following 57,676 units suspected of the same problem early that year.
At the beginning of 2017, Honda recalled 41,580 vehicles including the Jazz, City, Civic and Accord that were manufactured in 2012. The Takata airbag recall is considered as the largest campaign in automotive history as millions of vehicles from almost every car manufacturer have had to be called back for repair due to potential deadly hazards.
The company uses ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and fill air bags quickly in the event of a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate during sudden exposure to high humidity and temperatures and burn too fast to blow apart a metal canister. It can impel hot shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 21 were reported dead globally and more than 180 injured due to faulty Takata airbags.
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