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by Tim Beissmann

Honda has become the third car maker to recall more than 100,000 vehicles in Australia in the past week, with the local division today joining Toyota and Nissan in confirming it needs to replace faulty Takata airbag components in its cars.

The largest of two recalls announced by Honda Australia today affects 109,551 vehicles, including 2004-2007 model year Accord Euro sedans, 2004-2005 model year Civic small cars, 2002-2008 model year CR-V SUVs, and 2004-2009 model year Jazz city hatches.

The recall is part of a global campaign affecting 4.89 million Honda vehicles produced in Japan, Thailand and the US between 2002 and 2008, including 1.72 million in Japan.

Honda Australia’s official recall notice explains the passenger’s front airbag inflator wafers may have increased potential for moisture intrusion over time, potentially making the inflator assembly more susceptible to rupture during airbag deployment. The ruptured inflator may create metallic fragments that could strike and injury occupants.

The defect is the same one affecting 181,000 Toyota vehicles and 102,000 Nissan vehicles locally.

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Honda Australia has also issued a recall of 2005-2006 model year Jazz and 2007 model-year CR-V vehicles to replace faulty airbag inflators on the driver’s side. The second recall affects 22,224 vehicles across the country.

Honda says owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by mail and advised to take their car to a Honda dealership to have the defective airbag inflators replaced free of charge.

The latest recall action is by far the largest for Honda Australia in the long-running Takata airbag saga. The brand initially recalled 9980 vehicles in April 2013 and expanded that to include another 33,434 vehicles in June 2014.

Anyone seeking more information about the latest recalls can contact Honda Australia on 1800 804 954.




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