Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) announced they are voluntarily recalling 1,760 units of selected Fit, City, Civic and Accord sold in the Philippines due to a faulty inflation device of the front passenger airbag.
HCPI says the announcement is part of the global recall of vehicles issued by Honda Motor Company, Ltd. involving faulty front passenger airbags.
Faulty airbags are caused by the automatic rejection system machine’s failure to detect defective airbag inflators containing low density propellants. Moreover, the defective airbag inflation devices manufactured and delivered by the supplier were inadvertently installed during the assembly of the affected vehicles. As a result, upon airbag deployment, the pressure increases and might cause the inflator case to break.
The automaker says about 2.1 million Honda vehicles worldwide are affected by the said recall. There were no reports of any crashes and injuries related to the recall.
HCPI says affected vehicles and owners will be notified through “Letter-Notices” and through phone by Honda dealers. Honda is encouraging all affected owners to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer where the defective inflator will be replace free of charge.
In case the affected vehicles have already been sold by the original owner, the latter is requested to inform the dealership immediately.
“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience we have caused to our customers and other people involved in this matter. Rest assured that we are conducting different measures to prevent the recurrence of this problem. Our customers' safety is always Honda's top priority. Please bear with us as we conduct this safety campaign”, said Mr. Toshio Kuwahara, HCPI’s President and General Manager in a press statement.
HCPI said that replacement parts is limited and will come in by batch due to the worldwide recall. Affected owners are requested to call their respective dealers for service appointments or call Honda at (02) 857-7240 or email at [email protected]
Below is the table of the vehicles included in the voluntary recall.