Honda Cars India (HCL) has announced a voluntary recall of 22,834 units for the 2013 model year of its three cars – Accord, City and Jazz. The reason for the recall is the potential concern related to the faulty Takata airbag inflators. The cars in question were manufactured in 2013. The recall exercise will include 22,084 units of the City sedan, 510 units of the Accord saloon and 240 units of the Jazz hatchback.
The company will directly contact affected customers in coming days to carry out the replacement. The replacement exercise is free of cost. Customers can check whether their car is one of the affected vehicles or not by entering their VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on Honda’s official micro site. Read – 2017’s Best-selling Mid-size Sedan is Honda City
In an official statement, Honda Cars India said: “HCIL will voluntarily replace Takata passenger front airbag inflators of 22,834 vehicles of 2013 model of Accord, City and Jazz as 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 starting immediately,” the company said. Read – Honda City Sedan Turns 20 In India
This move is a part of the global recall campaign that affected millions of cars from different manufacturers. Vehicles that have been recalled were equipped with defective airbag manufactured by Japan-based Takata Corporation. Around 12 deaths and 180 injuries have been reported globally due to the defective safety airbag issue.
The Japanese automotive parts company, Takata settled to pay penalties of US$ 1 billion to the people injured or killed (US$ 125 million) due to faulty airbags and the car manufacturers (US$ 850) that sourced its airbags. It will also include a fine of US$ 25 million. While Honda is the most affected brand, it also impacted other brands including Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jaguar, BMW, Ford, Jeep, Toyota and more.