Honda Australia has issued a recall for certain vehicles across previous-generation Accord and Civic model lines, falling between the 2006 and 2011 model years, as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall.
These vehicles have been fitted with potentially faulty airbags on the passenger's side, forcing a recall.
Like previous Takata-related recalls, affected vehicles are fitted with airbag inflators that could degrade over time due to high temperatures and humidity. If the vehicle is involved in a collision which triggers the airbags, the metal inflator housing could rupture under too much internal pressure.
If the condition occurs, metal fragments may shoot out of the airbag cushion into the cabin, posing a serious risk of injury, or fatality, to the vehicle's occupants.
Affected model years by line are as follows:
There are 71 units affected across both model lines, available for sale from 25 February 2006 through 19 October 2011 – a VIN list is available here.
Owners are urged to contact their preferred Honda dealer to arrange the replacement of their airbag, free of charge.
If you're unsure whether your vehicle is affected, you can use the company's online VIN look-up tool, contact 1800 789 839, or get in touch with their preferred dealer.
The latest ACCC figures show 3.2 million airbags (78.9 per cent) have been replaced during the Takata recall campaign, leaving 600,000 vehicles (14.8 per cent) on the road with Takata airbag inflators still fitted.
A further 6.3 per cent of vehicles originally included in the recall have been written off, scrapped or unregistered for more than two years, meaning they can't have their airbag replaced.
There are 24 reported deaths and more than 260 injuries from faulty inflators worldwide. One local motorist was killed by a Takata airbag in July 2017, while another was seriously injured in June of the same year. 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.