Have you seen how an airbag inflator is replaced? Do you know how the item looks like? Me neither, which is why the above video (and gallery below) is interesting. Produced by Honda Malaysia, it details the steps to get your car’s Takata airbag inflator replaced, if it is affected by the largest recall in automotive history. From checking your car’s VIN number online to the work being done, the whole process is condensed into a clip that’s less than two minutes long.

Replacing the airbag inflators is a relatively simple process that doesn’t take very long – less than 20 minutes for the driver’s side and up to 45 minutes for the passenger side item, which involves a more complex procedure and is harder to access. Your car will then undergo through checks, with stickers to mark that the inflators have already been replaced.

By the way, stock availability is 100% for the driver’s side inflator and 70% for the passenger side unit as of end 2016. This recall is global and demand is high.

Click to enlarge product recall process flow.

Honda says that your car will be handled by trained technicians and full care will be taken to avoid any damage. As with any car that is sent in for service, seat, steering and floor covers will be used to maintain cleanliness.

These were among the concerns of those who were stalling on bringing their cars in, and they have been addressed. Not that there was any to begin with, but there really is no reason now to not bring your car in for the simple replacement job, as the affected inflators can erupt with too much force even in minor accidents, causing injury or death.

Honda Malaysia has issued more than 240,000 letters to customers, sent 35,000 emails to owners, phoned more than 2,000 customers and sent 126,000 SMS messages, and that was in July 2016. Since then, they stepped up the game to place flyers on affected models parked in public areas and even deployed staff to go door-to-door. The company is also working closely with JPJ to approach current owners of affected vehicles based on available data.

To recap, Honda Malaysia has issued a series separate recalls: in May, June and July 2015, and again in May and June 2016. As of end 2016, around 264,000 Honda vehicles have been recalled for driver airbag inflators, and around 273,000 models need new passenger airbag inflators. Another batch of cars was recalled earlier this month.

Models affected include the Honda Accord (2003-2012), City (2003-2013), Civic (2001-2011), Civic Hybrid (2003, 2007-2012), CR-V (2002-2011, 2013), Freed (2009-2012), Insight (2011-2013), Jazz (2003-2007, 2009-2013), Jazz Hybrid (2012-2013), Odyssey (2004-2008) and Stream (2003-2005, 2007-2013).

To handle the unprecedented scale of this recall, Honda Malaysia introduced several measures. All authorised service centres in the country were instructed to focus 50% of its resources and capacity to airbag inflator replacement jobs. The company also set up Service Central Hubs and Mobile Hubs to reduce the burden on dealers and to give customers more convenience. If customers are genuinely unable to proceed to a dealership/hub for the replacement job, on-site replacement work can be arranged.

Act now and check your vehicle’s product recall status at www.productrecall.honda.com.my, call Honda Malaysia’s toll free number at 1-800-88-2020 or visit any Honda authorised dealer. The easiest way to check is of course online. Know of anyone who owns/drives any of the models pictured below? Do share this piece of info with them, and stress on the urgency of the matter. In this case, scare tactics are justified – people have died because of this, not in some faraway country but here in Malaysia.


GALLERY: Honda models affected by the Takata airbag inflator recall