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'Exploding' airbags: 2-million Hondas recalled

2014-06-23 10:46

MASSIVE RECALL: Honda will recall over two million vehicles produced from August 2000 - December 2005, such as its 2004 Accord, due to defective airbags.Image: Honda

TOKYO, Japan - On Monday (June 23 2014), Wheels24 reported that Honda were poised to recall more than a million vehicles affected by an upcoming recall for Takata air-bag equipped cars.

Honda confirms on Monday (June 23 2014) that it will recall more than two million vehicles due to an airbag defect that could pose a fire risk.

It said the recall affects about 2 033 000 vehicles, produced from August 2000 - December 2005, including over one million in the USA and 668 000 in Japan.

POTENTIAL FIRE RISK

Subject to the recall are a total of 13 models including popular Fit (Jazz in South Africa) and Accord models.

Front passenger airbag inflators could have been assembled with an improperly manufactured propellant component, Japan's third largest automaker said. That could cause the container of the inflator to rupture in the event of a crash, posing a fire risk or injuring passengers, it added.

The same inflator problem has also caused top automaker Toyota to recall millions of vehicles globally.

Toyota reports it received a complaint from a Japanese customer who said his passenger seat was burned from due to the defect. Honda said it had received no complaint or reports of injuries on its own.

Honda South Africa cannot yet confirm whether local models will be affected.


Automakers that have issued recalls:
Honda, Mazda, Nissan issue recalls over airbags
Toyota recall: Over 4000 SA Corollas affected

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