Honda Malaysia is not taking any chances with the massive Takata airbags (installed in over 34 million cars in the USA alone) recall, announced a couple of days ago.
Takata finally admits that its airbags can deploy violently, sending shrapnel to the passengers in the event of accident. This is due to the usage of ammonium nitrate as an explosive. The gas is sensitive to temperature and humidity changes over time, thus making it prone to “excessive combustion”. In the USA, 6 deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to this flaw, however, there were no crashes or injuries related to this issue reported in Malaysia thus far.
Nevertheless, Honda Malaysia has undertaken the initiative to commence a precautionary update for 87,182 of Honda vehicles comprise of:
- City (2003 – 2008)
- Civic (2003 – 2008)
- CR-V (2002 – 2007)
- Jazz (2004 – 2006)
- Stream (2004 – 2005)
This precautionary exercise is necessary to replace the driver and passenger airbag inflators with newly produced inflators for all affected models. The precautionary efforts do not affect Honda’s current selling models.
Honda Malaysia will be informing all affected customers via notification letters which will include details of the product update. Customers who received these letters are advised to send their vehicles to the nearest authorised Honda dealer for inspection. The replacement works will be carried out once the parts are ready and the cost of parts and labour will be absorbed by Honda Malaysia.
Vehicle owners can also check their vehicle’s product update status by calling Honda’s Toll Free number 1-800-88-2020 or visit any authorised Honda dealer.
Honda Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. urges owners of Honda vehicles affected for the product updates to get their vehicles checked and parts replaced at any authorised Honda dealers as soon as possible.