The Takata airbag glitch has
finally hit the Indian shores in a big way, leading to a massive recall of around
223,578 units from the Honda Cars India stable. The cars manufactured between
2003 and 2012 will be recalled to replace airbag inflators made by Japan’s
Takata is a Japanese company that
has been supplying airbags to leading global car brands and has been mired in a
massive recall exercise of its products for the last several years. Takata
makes seats belts, air bags, steering wheel systems, interior parts, child
restraint systems, besides electronic parts and other products for car majors
globally. It has 46 plants across 17 countries. Takata is one of the world’s
leading suppliers of airbag systems.
Takata India Private Limited
was set up in 2009 as a Joint Venture between Takata Corporation, Japan and
Anand, India to provide the Indian Automotive Industry with a range of safety
products of global standards manufactured with Japanese expertise. The company
manufactures Seat Belts, Air Bags and Steering Wheels and supplies to leading
vehicle manufacturers in the country.
Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) announced
on September 18, 2015 that it will voluntarily replace airbag inflators of
223,578 vehicles of previous generations of CR-V, Civic, City and Jazz as part
of Honda’s preventive global recall campaign concerning air bag inflators.
The replacement would be
carried out free of cost at HCIL dealerships across India in a phased manner,
starting from October 12, 2015, and the company will communicate with customers
directly, the press release said.
The customers can also check
whether their car will be covered under this campaign by submitting their 17
character alpha-numeric Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the special
microsite which has been created on the company’s website (www.hondacarindia.com).
Year of Make
Number of Inflators to be replaced
(some vehicles require both type
No. of Affected Vehicles
Driver Side Airbag Inflator
Passenger Side Airbag Inflator
2004 - 2011
2003 - 2012
2007 - 2012
2009 - 2011
It may be recalled that on May
15, 2015 HCIL had announced that it would carry out preventive replacement of Passenger
Side Air Bag inflator of 575 units of CR-V manufactured in Year 2004 and Driver
side Air Bag Inflator of 10,805 units of Accord manufactured from Year 2003 –
2007 as part of Honda’s global recall/ safety improvement campaign concerning
Air Bag inflators. Additionally, the
Passenger Side Air Bag Inflator of 1 unit of Civic of 2004 make will also be
replaced, it had stated.
The automotive world has for
the past several years been reeling under the recall of airbags that had
affected millions of vehicles in the U.S. from nearly two dozen brands. According
to various reports, approximately 34 million vehicles are potentially affected
in the United States, and another 7 million have been recalled worldwide.
Initially, only six makes were
involved when Takata announced the fault in April 2013, but later many other automakers also issued recalls.
Source: Honda Cars
India / Motown India
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