Honda has recalled 45,636 cars across the Accord Euro, City, Civic, CR-V and Jazz ranges to have their Takata airbag inflators replaced.
As with all Takata campaigns, included cars are fitted with airbag propellant that degrades when exposed to heat and humidity. If a car with an affected inflator is included in an accident triggering the airbags, the inflator housing could rupture, sending metal fragments shooting into the cabin.
That puts both drivers at serious risk of injury or death.
A total of 45,636 vehicles across the following model lines:
- 2003-09 Accord Euro
- 2009 City
- 2001-05 Civic
- 2002-06, 2008-09 CR-V
- 2003-07, 2009 Jazz
Honda will contact owners of the affected vehicles and advise them to organise a free replacement inflator with their nearest dealer.
The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries.
One Australian motorist lost their life to a faulty Takata airbag in July 2017, one month after another Australian driver was seriously injured.
In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020.
The ACCC added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall last year. According to the Australian Government, the risk of a defective Takata airbag rupturing may arise between 6 and 25 years after it is installed in a vehicle.
In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years. Concerned owners can check if their vehicle needs a new inflator at www.IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au.