Honda airbag

We might have had another case of Takata airbag shrapnel killing a driver over the weekend. A collision between a Honda City and a Mercedes-Benz in Kota Damansara on Sunday resulted in the 44 year old Honda City driver dying after a projectile was suspected to have pierced her in the chest.

According to the Sungai Buloh Fire and Rescue Department in reports, the victim was found gasping for air in the driver’s seat with an injury on her chest that was oozing blood.

If this isn’t another strong wake-up call for Malaysians to check if their cars are affected in the Takata airbag recall, we don’t know what is. The distributors here have commented that people just aren’t taking up offers to get their airbag inspected and changed if necessary in the amounts that they would have liked.

As a result, we are hearing of more and more cases like this. What is going on and why are airbags killing us instead of doing their job to protect us in car crashes?

The recall involves airbag modules made by Takata. What happens is that there is an issue with the chemical that produces the force required to deploy the airbag. As a result, too much force is produced and this causes the metal airbag inflator to explode. The resulting metal pieces that are being sprayed at high force in the cockpit are what’s killing people.

What makes it worse is that Takata says risk is higher wherever there is humid weather. You got that right – Malaysia has humid weather. Malaysians, this isn’t some disastrous situation that we read in the news about something that’s happening far away in the US. This problem is serious and it’s here in Malaysia.

Here’s what you need to do to get your car checked. First of all, please get your VIN number ready. It can be found on your JPJ registration card under “No. Casis”. The same number is also available on your insurance cover note. Then follow the instructions below:

Honda Takata Airbag Recall

To simplify things, there are essentially two batches of Takata airbag recalls for the brand. The first batch consists of all the cars that were recalled for the driver’s airbag, and the second batch is the recall announced just a few days ago involving front passenger airbags.

For the first batch, the parts are already in. Dealerships should have stock for the airbags already. According to a Honda Malaysia representative, the following is what you should do to ensure you have the shortest waiting time possible in getting your airbags changed.

Use Honda Malaysia’s online VIN checker to check if your car is affected by the recall. The driver’s airbag recall involves the 2003-2007 Accord, 2003-2013 City, 2001-2011 Civic, 2003 and 2007-2012 Civic Hybrid, 2002-2011 and 2013 CR-V, 2003-2007 and 2009-2013 Jazz/Jazz Hybrid, 2011-2013 Insight and 2003-2005 and 2007-2013 Stream.

Visit a Honda service centre immediately and request for your car to be inspected and for the airbag to be changed. Do not wait for a call. Honda Malaysia has instructed dealers not to turn away walk-in customers. However if you call up and check ahead for part availability first, it would save you some time. If one dealer doesn’t have stock for the part, another dealer might.

For the second batch involving the passenger airbag, we have been told that parts should be arriving before the end of July. Please check if your car is affected using the same online VIN checker.

A total of eight models are involved in this particular round. The affected vehicle models are Accord (2003-2011 model year), City (2009-2011 model year), Civic (2007-2011 model year), CR-V (2008-2011 model year), Freed (2009-2011 model year), Insight (2011 model year), Jazz (2009-2011 model year) and Odyssey (2004-2008 model year).

In the meanwhile, we would strongly advise that you do not use the front passenger seat. Treat your affected car as a four seater for the moment – one driver at the front and three passengers at the back.

Honda owners seeking clarification on the matter can call the Honda Malaysia hotline number at 1-800-88-2020 for information.

Toyota Takata Airbag Recall

Toyota has recalled nearly 130,000 cars in Malaysia. The first batch was for 97,000 cars involving the Camry, Corolla Altis, Vios, Yaris and RAV4 models made between 2001 to 2007. The second batch includes Vios, Corolla Altis and Yaris made between 2007-2008.


You need to call Toyota Malaysia at 1800-8-869682, from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5.30pm with your VIN number ready to check. You will be able to find your VIN number on your JPJ registration card. UPDATE: You can now use an online VIN checker.

If you are affected, please call up any Toyota service centre and make an appointment for your airbag to be inspected and changed. According to a Toyota Malaysia representative, the parts for most of the batches of recalls are in Malaysia and they just need to be sent to the service centre for your appointment. Click here to look for the service centre nearest to you.

Mitsubishi Takata Airbag Recall

There are two models involved in the Takata airbag recalls for the Malaysian market. There are a total of 895 units of the 2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer involved in a passenger airbag recall.

There is also a recall for the driver’s airbag affecting about 35,000 units of the Mitsubishi Triton manufactured between 2006 to 2014.

Owners can check their recall status by keying in the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) here: Triton recall VIN checker or Lancer recall VIN checker.

If you are affected, please make an appointment at any Mitsubishi Motors authorized service centres or contact the Customer Careline at 1-800-18-6611 (Mondays to Fridays, 9:00am-5.00pm) for immediate assistance. You will find a list of service centres and contact details here.

Nissan Takata Airbag Recall

There has been a recall of faulty front passenger airbags for 12,444 units of Nissan cars including the T30 X-Trail CKD, J31 Teana CBU, and M12 Liberty CBU. Most of these comprise of the T30 X-Trail CKD – over 12,000 units of them.

UPDATED: Models requiring the replacement of the front driver’s side airbags now include 12,634 Nissan Navaras (D40) manufactured between 2007-2014, comprising both CBU and CKD models.

Other locally-assembled models being recalled for Takata front driver airbag inflators also include 10,763 units of the Latio (C11) manufactured between June 2007-October 2014; 69,965 units of the Grand Livina (L10) manufactured between July 2007-October 2013; and 4,874 units of the X-Gear (L10) manufactured between November 2010-October 2013.

ETCM also stated that the Takata front passenger airbag inflator will also have to be replaced on 10,589 units of the X-Trail (T30) manufactured between May 2002-March 2007 and 2,101 units made between April 2007-December 2008.

Also involved are two units of the fully-imported Teana (J31) made between August 2004-September 2004, as well as 17 units of the Liberty (M12) made in 2003.

Individuals with questions are advised to contact Edaran Tan Chong Motor at through its toll-free hotline, 1800 88 3838, or visit this link to input your car’s VIN number to see if it is affected.

Mazda Takata Airbag Recall

Two Mazda models are involved in the Takata airbag recall in Malaysia. The 2006-2011 Mazda BT-50 is being recalled to replace the driver airbag while the 2003-2007 Mazda 6 is being recalled for both the driver and passenger airbags.

You can check if your vehicle is affected by clicking here to access a VIN checker. There is also a FAQ on the same page. In case you have trouble looking for it, scroll down as the VIN checker form is below the FAQ. You can also call up their hotline at 03-7627 8999 for confirmation.

You’ll have to make an appointment for this as airbag replacement stocks are very limited so there’s a high chance they may not have stock. Once stocks are in for your appointment, the replacement will take under 1.5 hours.

Subaru Takata Airbag Recall

We do not have any information to report at the moment on how Subaru owners in Malaysia can get their VIN number checked. Last we heard, there is a recall for the Subaru Impreza (including WRX) built between 2004 and 2007.

Motor Image confirmed that vehicles in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines and Thailand are affected by this recall. The airbag affected is the passenger airbag. At that point, it said it would be contacting affected customers to get the passenger airbag inflator replaced.

We asked again today about the status of this recall and how a customer could double check if the recall applies to a particular car but we were told information is still currently unavailable. We will update this story once we get any updates.

Ferrari Takata Airbag Recall

The Ferrari Far East office confirmed with us earlier this month that a passenger airbag recall affects 50 official import units in Malaysia. Affected models are the 458 Italia, California and the FF. Last year, another 11 Malaysian units of mixed models were recalled to replace the driver’s airbag.

If you drive a parallel import Ferrari it would be best to contact the local distributor to see if they can check your VIN number for you. You could also perhaps use the international Ferrari website’s VIN number checker – click here and scroll down to the “Recall Campaign by VIN” section.

Mercedes-Benz Takata Airbag Recall

No officially imported or locally assembled Mercedes-Benz Malaysia cars are affected by any Takata airbag recall so far. However, there is a recall for the C-Class and E-Class in the Japanese market, and some may have made their way to Malaysia through grey importers.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia says it doesn’t have an online VIN checker, so the only way to know if a particular vehicle is affected is for owners to send their cars in to an MBM service centre to check. The company added that if the car is affected by the recall, and the owner brings it to an MBM service centre, MBM will replace the necessary parts.

Story being updated as we get full info of other manufacturers in Malaysia.