Honda Malaysia has announced a recall on four of its models as part of a larger global recall of 2,033,000 Honda vehicles worldwide over a passenger airbag defect. The local models involved are the 2001-2003 Honda Stream, 2002-2003 Honda Jazz, 2003 Honda City and 2003 Honda Accord.
The issue is related to an earlier worldwide recall done last year by a number of manufacturers (including Toyota and Nissan locally) and concerns the same improperly manufactured propellant fitted to the front passenger airbag inflator module supplied by Japanese automotive parts manufacturer Takata Corp. In an accident, the inflator could rupture, which may prevent the airbag from deploying properly or pose a fire risk.
Honda Malaysia said in a brief statement that to date, there have been no accidents related to the recalled models in Malaysia. The exact number of units affected were not disclosed, but the company said it will be contacting the owners of the affected vehicles individually.
Honda is not the only manufacturer to have been affected by Takata’s faulty airbag inflator modules – Toyota, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan and Mazda are also recalling cars globally. To date, we have not received official statements from the local arms of the manufacturers involved, but will update you when we do.