Apart from releasing a status update on the stock availability of Takata airbag inflator replacements, Honda Malaysia has also announced that it is extending the airbag recall to grey import or “reconditioned” Honda models as well, i.e. those that were not sold by authorised Honda dealers in Malaysia.

The company advised that owners of these vehicles to contact any authorised Honda dealers in the country for details of the required preparations to get their vehicles repaired as soon as possible. Honda Malaysia will bear the cost of the parts and labour for any replacement of the airbag inflator.

As a recap of the earlier story, Honda Malaysia has said that it is trying to source as many replacement parts as possible, and is expecting to have 100% stock availability for driver airbag inflators by mid-August. Passenger airbag inflators have been more difficult to come by, and the company said that for cars that have been recalled for both the driver and passenger airbags, it may not be able to change them together.

The company will also reduce its preventive maintenance intake at its dealers to 50% from July 20, in order to make room for more people to replace their airbags. In cases where the company cannot meet the maintenance schedules of certain cars, it will extend the maintenance period, and this will be reflected accordingly in the warranty period the cars involved. Temporary central and mobile hubs will also be set up.

Honda Malaysia added that it continues to urge owners of Honda vehicles affected by the Takata airbag inflator product recall to get their vehicles repaired at authorised dealers as soon as possible. Vehicle owners can check their vehicles’ product recall status via the company’s online VIN checker or call the company’s hotline number at 1-800-88-2020 for information, or visit any Honda authorised dealer.