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Published on November 26th, 2020 | by Joshua Chin

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Honda Malaysia Issues Airbag Recall For Accord and CR-V

Its not the new Accord or CR-V that are affected, but instead its the models from 20 years ago. 

The saga of the Takata airbag recall continues both worldwide and in Malaysia, with the latest batch of recalls this time being from Honda Malaysia who are recalling Honda Accords and CR-Vs from the 1999 and 2000 model year. 

Yes, Honda is currently issuing a recall to replace the Takata driver front airbag inflator for vehicles that are 20 years old. This recall supposedly affects 1,380 sixth-generation Accords from the 1999 model year, and 1,404 first-generation CR-Vs from the 2000 model year. In total, 2,784 cars are affected by this batch of recalls.

Performed in line with Honda’s global Non-Azide Driver Airbag Inflator (NADI) recall, this recall is done as a preventative measure to address the possibility of the Takata driver front airbag inflator having excessive internal pressure, thus causing the airbag to fail to function properly or to rupture. The Japanese automaker has also stated that there has been no reported incidents to date caused by the probably defective Takata driver front airbag in these two model year vehicles.

Customers of these Honda models affected by this recall will be informed via notification letters, which is to include further details of the product recall. Seeing however these are models are 20 years old after all, Honda Malaysia is also encouraging the public to inform friends or relatives owning these two particular models to immediately contact Honda Malaysia to arrange an appointment for the driver front airbag replacement. 

Honda Malaysia urges customers affected by this recall to make an appointment as soon as possible not only because of the current tightened SOPs due to the ongoing CMCO, but also due to the fact that replacement stock of airbags are arriving in stages. As for the cost aspect, Honda Malaysia has pledged to bear all associated costs related to the replacement of this front driver’s airbag inflator. 

More information can be obtained about this recall, including whether or not one’s car is affected or not, by calling the Honda Toll Free number at 1-800-88-2020 or by logging on to www.honda.com.my / productrecall.honda.com.my. 

While it is appalling to see how wide-reaching and long-lasting the Takata airbag scandal to date back to cars from 20 years ago, it is nevertheless commendable for Honda to still continue its responsibility in caring for customers in their models from the turn of the millennium. 

PRESS RELEASE: Honda Malaysia (or the Company) today announced a product recall involving 2,784 units of 1999 Year Model and 2000 Year Model Honda vehicles to replace the Takata driver front airbag inflator as a preventive measure, in line with Honda global Non-Azide Driver Airbag Inflator (NADI) recall.

Honda Malaysia reassures that current selling models are not affected in this product recall, and the company will continue to uphold transparency and stringent controls for customers. 

The Company believes this product recall is necessary as a preventive measure to address the possibility of the Takata driver front airbag inflator having excessive internal pressure and thus, causing the airbag to fail to function properly or to rupture.

As at today, there is no report in Malaysia of any incidence or injury caused by the Takata driver front airbag in these two Year Model vehicles. 

Affected customers will be informed via notification letters, which will include details of the product recall. Honda Malaysia urges all affected customers to contact any Honda authorized dealer to make an appointment upon receipt of notification to replace the driver front airbag inflator subject to parts availability. The company also encourages public who have relatives or friends owning these two models to immediately contact Honda Malaysia to arrange for the driver front airbag replacement. 

During this critical time, Honda Malaysia is taking all necessary precaution at its dealerships nationwide to protect the well-being of its valued customers and Honda associates. As such, the company requests all affected customers to make an appointment in advance to ensure a smooth and quick driver front airbag replacement process. Customers are required to adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) set by the authorities, which include wearing face mask properly, maintaining physical distancing and, sanitising their hands at all times when visiting the dealerships. 

The replacement of the affected Takata drive front airbag inflator is free of charge and all cost related to this replacement activity will be borne by Honda Malaysia. The replacement stock will be available in stages. 

Customers who own any of these Year Model vehicles but are unsure if their vehicles are affected in this recall, can obtain more information by calling Honda Toll Free number at 1-800-88-2020 or log on to www.honda.com.my / productrecall.honda.com.my to check their vehicle status. 

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