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by David Zalstein

Honda Australia is recalling a total of 21,752 vehicles across four key models as the fallout continues from a widespread fault related to airbags manufactured by Japanese auto parts company Takata.

Already affecting millions of vehicles from a gamut of manufacturers worldwide, the latest addition to the Takata airbag recall includes 8233 CR-Vs, 5908 Jazzs, 5106 Honda Accord Euros and 2505 Civics, all built between 2003-2004.

According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety recalls website, concern lies with the propellant wafers contained within the passenger side front airbag inflator.

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“There is a risk of inflator containers scattering which may pose a fire risk and may injure occupants if those airbags deploy,” the notice says.

Honda Australia public relations manager Melissa Cross told CarAdvice all affected customers will be contacted by mail with the faulty airbag inflator to be replaced at no cost to owners.

“Honda takes any matter of safety extremely seriously,” Cross said via a statement from Honda Australia. She added that while there have been no incidents or injuries recorded in Australia, “In Japan, an abnormal deployment was detected when a vehicle was being dismantled.”

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The Takata airbag issue most recently resulted in 12,859 current-generation (K13) Nissan Micra models to be recalled, though last June the defect saw Honda expand an initial April 2013 recall campaign by a further 33,434 vehicles.

Responsible for more than 17 million vehicles from the likes of BMW, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota being recalled globally since 2008, the major fault has already been linked to a number of deaths outside of Australia.




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