Honda Cars PH Reiterates Takata Airbag Recall
Last December 2017, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) announced a voluntary recall for affected Honda vehicles. This is to repair the Airbag Inflator of certain models manufactured from 2001 to 2015. It was discovered that during deployment of airbags in frontal collision, fragments of the inflator (the device responsible for the rapid inflation of the airbag) shoots out in different directions, posing the possibility of hitting the car occupants. In some cases in other countries, this occurrence has resulted in death.
To date, 50 percent of the affected vehicles have been successfully recalled and repaired. This was made possible by the concerted effort between HCPI and its dealerships of reaching out to customers through numerous mails, text messages, phone calls, and through broadcast, print and online announcements.
We have also sought the help of the government to reach out to people. However, despite the continuing effort, there are still remaining vehicles that have yet to be brought to a dealership for repair. It is important that both driver and passenger side airbag inflators have to be replaced for some models. Thus, HCPI is reiterating its urgent appeal for owners of affected vehicles to bring their cars to various Honda Dealerships. The repair is FREE OF CHARGE and only takes an hour to perform.
Customers can easily check if their vehicle is affected by visiting hondaphil.com/services/vin-search and simply inputting their car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The VIN is a 17-digit number that can be found on the vehicle registration or from the warranty booklet. Customers may also call Honda hotline numbers at 1-800-1000-HONDA (46632) or (02) 857-7240 between 8 AM to 5 PM from Monday to Friday or through email at [email protected].
The Airbag Recall campaign is an unprecedented challenge that is facing not only Honda but the whole automotive industry worldwide. While Takata supplies the affected inflator part to various car manufacturers globally, Honda is actively spearheading the campaign to ensure that its customers are protected from possible harm from the defective part. As always, safety of our customers is our paramount concern.
To reiterate, the inflator repair is FREE OF CHARGE and will only take one hour. Please call your nearest Honda Cars Dealer for details or to set an appointment.