Honda Cars India has issued an official recall for over 1.90 Lakh vehicles over defective passenger front airbag inflators in the country. These recalled vehicles include previous generation of Accord, CR-V, Civic, City and Jazz. This voluntarily recall is a part of Honda's precautionary global recall campaign concerning Takata front airbag inflators. The replacement will be carried out free of cost at HCIL dealerships across India in a phased manner.
Honda would recall 22,483 units of its flagship sedan Accord, manufactured between 2003 and 2011. Around 13,603 units of Honda Civic, manufactured between 2009-2011, would also be recalled, while 2 units of 2007 model are also under recall. It would be the biggest recall for the City mid-sized sedan as 137,270 units, manufactured between 2008-2011, would be recalled. Also, 15,706 units of the previous-generation Jazz hatch would be recalled which are manufactured between 2009 and 2011. The company would also recall 1514 units of Honda CR-V, manufactured between 2009-2011. While the campaign for CR-V and Civic will begin immediately, the replacement of inflators for other affected models would begin from September 2016, and the company will communicate with customers directly.
The customers can check whether their cars are 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). With this recall, the Japanese automaker's number of total recalled vehicles reaches upto 646,670 units. For those asking, the voluntary code of recall was adopted in 2012 and since, nearly 2 million passenger vehicles have been recalled in India. The airbag defect has forced almost all automakers to recall their cars globally. In India, other companies which have recalled vehicles for airbag include Nissan, Toyota and Renault.