Honda Malaysia (HMSB) has issued a recall for 9,998 units of the Accord 2.0L for a second replacement of the Takata driver front airbag inflator as a preventive measure. The affected units are 2003 to 2007 model year vehicles, and the model was previously part of a recall issued in 2015.

The company believes this second recall is necessary as a precautionary action and urges affected customers to replace the defective Takata driver front airbag inflator as soon as possible. The replacement work will be done free of charge, with the cost of the replacement being borne by the company.

Affected customers will receive notification letters from Honda Malaysia with the details of this product recall and stock availability. It said stock of the replacement will be available in stages and the company is doing its utmost best to ensure 100% stock availability in the shortest period of time.

The company urges Honda customers who have yet to have their affected Takata front airbag inflators replaced to do so without delay as it may deploy with excessive internal pressure when activated. The defective airbag inflator casing might rupture which may result in injury or fatality of the driver and passenger.

The company said at present, there have been no crashes or injuries reported in Malaysia related to the Takata driver front airbag inflator in the 2003-2007 MY Accord 2.0L. It added that all its current selling models are not affected by the recall.

As of April 21, 2019, HMSB says it has completed more than 243,720 units of Takata driver front airbag inflator replacements, which translates to a 92% completion ratio. The total number of Takata driver and passenger front airbag inflator replacements completed is at more than 527,480 units, or an 89% completion ratio.

Vehicle owners can check their vehicles’ recall status here or by calling the Honda Toll Free number at 1-800-88-2020.