Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) has
announced that it would carry out preventive replacement of Driver Side Air Bag
Inflator of 1040 units of Honda Brio, 1235 units of Honda Amaze and 63 units of
Honda CR-V manufactured between September 2011 and July 2014 as part of Honda’s
global recall regarding a possible incorrect assembly of the Baffle Plate in
the Inflator. This was stated in a press release issued by the company.
The release said that HCIL is
carrying out the part replacement as part of a global exercise by Honda Motor
Company to ensure stringent quality standards for its products. There has been
no reporting of any incident related to this part in India. The replacement
would be carried out free of cost at HCIL dealerships across India, and the
owners will be contacted individually. 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).
In case of certain vehicles, due to incorrect
assembly of Baffle Plate, the pressure within the Inflator may rise excessively
when the Driver Side Airbag deploys in an accident or other situation, causing
damage to the container.
It may be recalled that
earlier in the year, Honda had globally recalled 1.8m cars around the world
after a scare over an airbag in another manufacturer's vehicle but made by its
supplier Takata. It was explained that if the airbag is inflated, excessive
pressure could cause bits of metal fragments to hit the windscreen or the
footwell. Around the same time Nissan of Japan too also recalled 755,000 cars globally,
whereas another car maker from Japan---Toyota—had also recalled its cars around
the same time.
In fact since 2008, Honda,
Takata's biggest customer, had recalled a total of 6m vehicles for problems
with Takata air bags at different times, according to a news report.