Honda Malaysia urges customers to replace faulty Takata airbag inflators

By KEVIN WONG / Pic By TMR File

HONDA Malaysia Sdn Bhd has urged its customers who have not replaced Takata Corp airbag inflators to do so immediately to ensure their safety.

In a statement, the company said it will continue to work closely with the Transport Ministry and Road Transport Department (JPJ) to further emphasise on the urgency to replace the affected airbag inflators.

“We appeal to all Honda customers who have yet to undertake the replacement exercise to urgently replace their affected Takata front airbag inflators as it may deploy with excessive internal pressure when activated.

“The airbag inflator casing might rupture which may result in injuries or fatalities to the drivers and passengers,” the statement read.

Honda said the company has replaced more than 236,800 units of Takata driver front airbag inflators, or a 90% completion ratio as of Sept 20, 2018.

It has also conducted replacements of Takata driver and passenger front airbag inflators on more than 496,400 units, or an 84% completion ratio.

The car manufacturer added that customers may replace their airbags at 94 Honda authorised dealers nationwide, and that they are on standby to give priority to the affected vehicles.

“Customers are highly recommended to make appointments with an authorised service centre beforehand to avoid delays or setbacks in replacing the airbag inflators,” it said.

In addition, Honda has extended more locations for customers to undertake the replacement exercise, including its mobile hubs at selected shopping malls and Petroliam Nasional Bhd stations.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Anthony Loke has given the final warning to the owners of Honda and two other car brands who have yet to take heed of the Takata airbag recall.

He said the carmakers have enough airbag supply to accommodate the replacements, and that the owners would be blacklisted by JPJ should they not change their airbags within the stipulated time.

“I have asked the companies to send the final reminders within two weeks. After that, JPJ will issue Notice 114 to summon these car owners to update their status. If they continue to ignore the notice after a month, we will embark on the blacklisting process, which means they will not be able to renew their road taxes,” Loke said.

The affected models are Accord (2003 to 2012 Year Model), City (2003- 2012), Civic (2001-2012), Civic Type R (2007-2008 and 2010), CR-V (2002-2011 and 2013), Freed (2009-2012), Insight (2009-2012), Insight (2011-2013), Jazz (2003-2007 and 2009-2013), Odyssey (2004-2008), and Stream (2003-2005 and 2007-2013).