Honda has recalled Brio, Amaze and CR-V in India for preventive replacement of driver side airbag inflator. The Takata-made airbags have affected 2338 units of Honda cars in India.
The controversial Japanese auto parts maker, Takata is facing a serious threat in the industry for its airbag issues. More than nine automakers are affected due to incorrect assembly of airbags globally and that includes India. Just recently Nissan India announced a recall of 9000 units of Micra and Sunny. Now, Honda is carrying out a preventive replacement of driver side airbag inflator affecting a total of 2338 units in India. 1040 units of Honda Brio, 1235 units of Honda Amaze and 63 units of Honda CR-V manufactured between September 2011 and July 2014 are affected.
Owners will be contacted individually by Honda and replacement will be carried out free of cost at Honda dealerships pan India. Customers can also check whether their car is affected by submitting their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the company’s official website. The issue is regarding incorrect assembly of baffle plate in the inflator of airbags that can cause excessive rise in pressure when the airbag deploys. According to Honda, there are no reports yet of any such incident related to this part in India.
However, there are many reports of accidents across the globe due to explosion of Takata-made airbags. The faulty airbags with excessive force are also throwing metal shrapnel, which is quite harmful for the vehicle occupants. Many lawsuits are being filed against Takata and recent news has seen the component maker’s shares go down by 23 percent in Tokyo, which is the stock’s biggest drop in one day. With rising awareness of safety and more stringent quality tests, it is quite a shame how a company making safety components does a big blunder with safety.