Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) on Wednesday announced a voluntary recall of its premium sedan Accord and sports utility vehicle CR-V in the country to fix a problem with the passenger side air bag inflator.
Announcing the recall, the company said, Honda will recall 1,075 units of Honda Accord and 252 units of Honda CR-V, which were manufactured in 2003 and one unit CR-V in 2002. The company also said that the recall is carried out as a part of company's global exercise and there has been no report of untoward incidents so far.
"In case of certain vehicles, due to a problem during the propellant forming process, the casing of the inflator may get damaged when the airbag deploys in an accident or other situation potentially causing injury to vehicle occupants," the company said.
The owners of the affected vehicle will be contacted directly by the company and the replacement of the faulty parts will be done free of cost. The company also added that the recall will be done in a phased manner and the company has also set up a microsite where the customer can check if their vehicle also have been affected by entering their 17 character alphanumeric Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
In May, Honda India recalled 31,226 units of its hatchback Brio and the entry-level sedan Amaze in the country to check the proportioning valve of both the cars. A total of 15,623 units of non-ABS variants of Brio and 15,603 units of non-ABS variants of Amaze (petrol) have been recalled, which were manufactured from 28 February 2013 to 16 January 2014.
Recent Vehicle Recalls in India
Earlier in July, Mahindra & Mahindra, India's SUV maker recalled 23,519 units of its iconic Scorpio in the country over a faulty pressure regulating valves. They recalled the faulty Ex variant of the Mahindra Scorpio, which were manufactured between May 2012 and November 2013.
Hyundai Motor India recalled 2,437 units of Santa FE SUV in the country to fix a problem with the Stop Lamp Switch in May 2014.
In one of the biggest recalls in the country, Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car maker, had recalled 1,03,311 units of Ertiga, Swift and DZire in India to fix a problem with the fuel filler neck in April. The recall included 47,237 units of its popular hatchback Swift, 42,481 units of its sedan DZire and 13,593 units of its multi-passenger vehicle Ertiga, which were manufactured between 12 November 2013 and 4 February 2014.
Toyota India had also issued a recall for 45,000 units of its multi-utility vehicle (MPV) Innova, which were manufactured between February 2005 and December 2008, over a problem with the steering column. This was part of Toyota's global recall of the models Yaris, Urban Cruiser (manufactured between January 2005 and August 2010), RAV4 and Hilux (between June 2004 and December 2010).
Till date, General Motors India's is the biggest recall in the country. The company had recalled 1.14 lakh units of the Chevrolet Tavera in July last year, which were manufactured between 2005 and 2013 to fix the issues related to emissions and specifications. Two variants of the multi-purpose Tavera vehicle - 3 (2.5L variant) and BS-4 (2.0L variant) were affected by the issue and the company had held back on manufacturing and sales of the vehicle.