Honda is calling on owners to check if their vehicles are affected by the global recall.
HONDA South Africa is calling on owners who have not yet responded to the Takata airbag recall to check if their vehicle is affected.

As a result of a long-running global recall campaign, the Japanese car manufacturer is replacing airbags in Honda vehicles built between 2001 and 2014.

The Japanese manufacturer says it has contacted owners of affected vehicles but would also like to encourage owners to check if their vehicle is affected by visiting the website, or alternatively emailing [email protected] or calling 0310000473.

The recall campaign is being conducted in phases and the replacement takes between one and two hours at no cost to the owner. Huge recalls affecting close to 100 million vehicles from 19 different brands - including Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan, BMW, Subaru, General Motors, and Ford, among others - were issued around the world in 2015 because of faulty inflating and propellant devices that may deploy improperly in an accident, shooting out metal fragments that can injure or kill.

In 2017 Takata pleaded guilty to fraud in a US court and agreed to pay more than $1 billion (R13.5bn) in penalties for concealing the defect, which has been implicated in 22 deaths in the US and more than 180 injuries worldwide.

Takata filed for bankruptcy in June 2017, and was acquired by Key Safety Systems.

Honda SA says there have been no incidents involving defective inflators reported in the South African market to date.

“There is no risk that the driver or passenger airbag fitted to your vehicle may deploy unintentionally and this concern may only be exhibited in the event that the vehicle is involved in an impact sufficient to deploy the vehicle’s airbags,” says Honda.

The current line-up of Honda cars is not affected, it said, as they do not have the same type of Takata air bag inflators as previous models affected by the recall.