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article imageHonda Malaysia recalls more than 58,000 cars amid airbag scandal

By Lucky Malicay     May 25, 2016 in Technology
Kuala Lumpur - Honda Malaysia is recalling tens of thousands of vehicles to replace the driver airbag inflator, urging owners of affected cars to consult with their dealers.
The company announced on its website that the 58,140 cars to be recalled are under the City, Civic, CR-V, Jazz and Jazz Hybrid models, manufactured from 2011 to 2013.
“This product update is necessary to replace the driver airbag inflator with newly produced inflators. This update is a proactive measure taken by the Company to ensure customer safety,” Honda Malaysia said.
“Honda Malaysia regrets the inconvenience caused to all affected customer and the Company affirms that all current selling models are not affected by this product update.”
The company said affected consumers will be notified through a letter, which will include product update. It, however, did not say whether the inflator on those affected cars is defective.
“Customers who receive the letter are advised to send their vehicles to the nearest authorized Honda dealer for inspection. Replacement works will be carried out once parts are ready. Cost of parts and labour related to the product update will be borne by Honda Malaysia',” the company said.
The May 24 recall announcement was the latest setback to hit Honda Malaysia.
This year, at least two persons died in the country after defective airbag inflators made by Japanese auto-part giant Takata exploded.
The two incidents, which raised the global fatalities to 13, occurred in the Sabah state on Borneo Island and in the northern Kedah state, according to an AFP report.
"Honda has confirmed that the Takata single stage driver's airbag inflators ruptured in two crashes in April and May respectively in Malaysia," Honda Malaysia said in a statement. "Both crashes resulted in the tragic deaths of the drivers."
In 2014, a malfunctioned Takata airbag also killed a pregnant Malaysian woman and her unborn child.
The scandal on faulty airbag inflators made by Takata has prompted Honda to undertake a global recall of millions of its cars.
On May 13, Honda announced that millions more cars equipped with Takata airbags will be recalled, a move that could further deepen the crisis.
"On top of the 30 million Takata airbags already announced for a recall, we are going to recall an additional 21 million units globally," a Honda official said.
Takata has been grappling with the defect that can spew metal and plastic shrapnel into the passenger compartment when the airbag is deployed, .
The Tokyo-based company, now under investigation in a scandal that has also affected other clients such as Toyota and Volkswagen, reported an annual net loss of $120 million due to the mounting airbag recall.
Honda also logged a first quarter loss of $860 million amid the crisis and the rising yen.
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