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Honda Malaysia recalls 9,998 units of Accord for Takata airbag replacement

The Edge logo The Edge 25/4/2019 Surin Murugiah
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KUALA LUMPUR (April 25): Honda Malaysia has recalled 9,998 units of Accord (2.0L) 2003–2007 Year Model for a second replacement of the Takata driver front airbag inflator as a preventive measure.

In a statement today, Honda Malaysia said that the affected Accord (2.0L) 2003–2007 Year Model was one of the models involved in the previous Takata airbag inflator recalls, and apologised to customers.

"As customer safety is always Honda's top priority, the company believes this second recall is necessary as a precautionary action and urges affected customers to replace the defective driver front airbag inflator as soon as possible.

"The second replacement of the defective Takata driver front airbag inflator is free of charge and the cost of the replacement will be borne by the company," it said.

Honda Malaysia stressed that all its current selling models are not affected and they will continue to uphold transparency and stringent controls to ensure customer safety.

The company said as of today, there are no crashes or injuries related to the Takata driver front airbag inflator in the Accord (2.0L) 2003–2007 Year Model reported in Malaysia.

Affected customers will receive notification letters from Honda Malaysia with the details of this product recall and stock availability.

Honda Malaysia strongly encouraged customers who receive these letters to send their vehicles to any of the 95 Honda authorised dealers for inspection and replacement.

Honda Malaysia said the second replacement airbag inflator stock for these 9,998 units of Accord (2.0L) 2003–2007 Year Model will be available in stages, and it is doing its utmost best to ensure 100% stock availability in the shortest period of time.

As at April 21, Honda Malaysia said it has completed more than 243,720 units of Takata driver front airbag inflator replacements, which translates to 92% completion ratio.

It said the total number of Takata driver and passenger front airbag inflator replacements completed is at more than 527,480 units or 89% completion ratio.

Honda Malaysia also appealed to affected Honda customers who have yet to have their affected Takata front airbag inflators replaced to do so urgently as it may deploy with excessive internal pressure when activated.

It added that the defective airbag inflator casing might rupture, which may result in injury or fatality of the driver and passenger.

Vehicle owners can check their vehicles recall status either by logging on to www.honda.com.my or www.productrecall.honda.com.my, or by calling Honda Toll Free number at 1-800-88-2020.

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