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Honda recalls 442,997 vehicles in Japan; 2.2 million cars in US

February 6
11:21 PM 2016

Honda Motor Corp said that it will recall 5.7 million vehicles globally that involve Takata's defective airbag inflators which could explode and spring shrapnel into the car. The recall involves 2.2 million cars in the United States.

Honda said that it recalled a total of 442,997 vehicles in Japan. The recall involved 13 models from the 2005-2014 years.

The Japan-based automaker will recall around 2.23 million Honda and Acura cars in the US because of the defective driver-side airbag inflators from Takata. The company intends to replace the defective inflators with fresh parts from a different provider at free of cost to its customers. However, the required replacement unit will not be accessible until 2016 summer.

Previously, Honda has recalled over 6 million cars in the US since 2008 in order to substitute defective Takata airbag inflators, Reuters said. NHTSA had recalled nearly 23 million defective Takata airbag inflators in around 19 million cars, through December.

Honda said that it will also recall nearly 341,000 Accord Sedan cars from the 2008 -2010 models in the US due to the defective Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) electronic control unit. Manufacturing defective in the SRS electronic control unit may allow atmosphere moisture to enter into the circuit, which in the long run causes corrosion and lead to a breakdown of the system.

The defective SRS indicator will lighten on the car's dashboard and in the time of vehicle crash, the airbags will not deploy, enhancing the risk of wounds. The company said it has confirmed nearly two injuries with regard to this issue.

Honda will replace the defective SRS electronic control part in affected cars, free of cost. But, the replacement units will not be available until 2016 fall, as a huge volume of fresh parts is required to amend the affected vehicles, the company noted. Due to this shortage, the users of affected cars will be informed through an initial notification letter which will be mailed in the middle of March 2016. The company will send the second announcement letter as soon as parts become accessible.

If a car involved in this scenario shows the SRS indicator on the dashboard opposite to the driver, the car owners are recommended to meet a certified Hondo dealer for a check. Honda warns car owners to be aware of this issue.

CBSBaltimore said quoting reports which indicate vehicles that replaced their airbag inflators in the first recall now may require those replaced. Honda has sent a notice to its authorized dealers to halt the selling of impacted vehicles.

Honda is ready to replace the affected parts at free of cost to its customers. The company advises car owners to check if their vehicle is listed in this category of affected cars.

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