The ongoing recall of vehicles affected by the Takata airbag crisis has just been expanded to include 419 units of the Honda Civic Type R FD2R in Malaysia, affected both driver and passenger frontal airbag modules of the affected model.
This time around, the recall affects units of the popular Civic FD2R manufactured for the 2007, 2008, and 2010 model years. At the time of its production, Malaysia was the only country in the world outside Japan to receive the FD2R officially imported from Japan.
To recap, defective Takata airbag inflators can rupture during deployment, sending shrapnel at the direction of the passengers which they are meant to protect.
Latest figures available indicate that these defective airbags have resulted in the deaths of no less than fourteen people across the globe, four of them being Malaysians. (Source: Automotive News)
As before, Honda Malaysia will be reaching out to affected owners by notification letters which will include details of the recall and advice to bring their vehicles in to the nearest authorized Honda dealer for inspection and replacement free of charge.
Honda vehicle owners are also advised to check their vehicle recall status through any of the following means:
- Log on to www.honda.com.my or www.productrecall.honda.com.my.
- Honda Toll Free: 1-800-88-2020
- Any Honda Authorized Service Centre
- Selected Petronas Stations
- Mobile Hubs in Selected Shopping Malls
Operating schedule for selected Petronas station and Mobile Hubs (click to enlarge)
Door-to-door Mobile Teams are also prowling neighbourhoods across the country to replace airbags on site if necessary.
Honda Malaysia is also working closely with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to track down owners of vehicles that have been sold by their first buyers. The company also recently teamed up with Carlist.my to get in touch with used car dealers carrying affected Honda vehicles to replace the defective airbags at the dealer’s yard.
As of 7 May 2017, Honda Malaysia has full stock availability to replace all affected driver front airbag inflators in the country; passenger airbag stock availability, meanwhile, is at 90.5 percent. The company has, to date, managed to complete replacing some 79 percent of all affected driver front airbags in Malaysia.