The Takata airbag saga shows no signs of slowing, with Honda the latest to expand its existing recalls in Australia.
A total of four recalls have been widened to include new vehicles, with another 25,252 now required to front for attention at a Honda dealer.
The recall volumes for Australia are as follows and only specific VINs have been targeted: 592 Civic, 15,535 Jazz, 1426 City, 233 Insight and 36 Legend, while the split for Accord reads 2656 for the Accord and 4804 for the Accord Euro.
As with all Takata airbag recalls to date as part of the world’s largest-ever recall affecting many carmakers, the issue surrounds the airbag’s inflator unit.
The unit is susceptible to moisture absorption over time, rendering it weak in the event that the airbag is required during a collision.
When the airbag deploys, the inflator casing may rupture, sending metal fragments into the cabin which may cause serious injury or even death.
For some owners, it will be the second time their vehicles have been attended to by Honda for Takata airbags as the initial replacement parts used in the first recall have now been deemed unsatisfactory.
Honda says of the 650,376 vehicles affected by the Takata recall worldwide, around 330,000 have now been attended to.
The Honda dealer network is repairing around 5000 airbags each week.
Honda will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but urges owners to check with their local dealer to ensure parts are available before scheduling recall works. Also, owners can phone Honda Australia on 1800 789 839 for further information.
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