Honda Cars PH Recalls Various Models for Defective Airbags

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has announced a new recall for over 14,000 of its vehicle models to replace the front passenger airbag inflators. The affected units, the model years, and the breakdown of the vehicle number by models are:

Model Model Year Number of Affected Units
Accord 2003 290
Civic 2001-2005 1,651
2006-2009 225
City 2003-2008 1,652
2009 38
CR-V 2003-2008 9,551
2007-2009 145
Jazz 2002-2009 500
2009 22
Total 14,074 Units
According to HCPI, the supplier of the initial replacement front passenger airbag inflator encountered a problem in the equipment's manufacturing that "increased the risk of inflator rupture during airbag deployment" that can cause serious injuries to the vehicle's occupants. While there have been no reported cases or injuries because of this defect in the Philippines, HCPI "will proceed with the replacement of the airbag inflators of the affected units as a safety of charge...and will take about one hour to complete." Honda Motor Company itself did note that it has since changed its supplier of the airbag inflator. HCPI will reportedly contact the vehicle owners and advises them to proceed to one of 42 authorized dealers. HCPI will also post in the frame numbers of the affected vehicles. Vehicle owners may also inquire with their Honda dealers or call HCPI's hotline at 1-800-1000-46632 (HONDA) or 857-7240.

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