The biggest recall for manufacturing defect has been initiated by Honda, calling back 2,23,578 vehicles manufactured between 2003 and 2012, to replace faulty airbag inflators. CR-V, sedans Civic, City and hatchback Jazz are the models which have been listed in the recall.
The airbag inflators manufactured by Takata have been found to be faulty and Honda has initiated a recall of over 2 million cars fitted with Takata airbags. “The replacement would be carried out free of cost at HCIL dealerships across India in a phased manner, starting October 12, 2015 and the company will communicate with customers directly,” HCIL said.
Honda India recall will cover 140,508 units of Honda City manufactured between 2007 and 2012, 54,290 units of Civic manufactured between 2003 and 2012, 15,707 units of Jazz manufactured between 2009 and 2011, and 13,073 units of CR-V manufactured between 2004 and 2011. The customers can also get to know whether their car will be covered under the recall by submitting their 17 character alpha-numeric Vehicle Identification Number on the company’s website.
This is the biggest vehicle recall in India till date. The previous biggest was recall of 1.66 lakh units by Ford India of its Figo hatchback and Fiesta Classic sedan in September 2013. A total of 10,85,064 vehicles have been recalled so far in India by various companies ever since Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) initiated a voluntary policy in July 2012 regarding recalling vehicles on safety issues.
Other manufacturers have recalled cars for the same reason however, the number of vehicles was negligible compared to 2.2 million. Mahindra & Mahindra had a small recall of 2,300 units of Scorpio, XUV500 and Xylo. Renault recalled 646 units of hatchback Pulse and sedan Scala to fix faulty driver side airbags, 9,000 Micra and Sunny cars were recalled by Nissan. Toyota recalled over 7,000 units of Corolla sedan in July this year.
More than 10 automakers have recalled tens of millions of vehicles since 2008 to replace Takata airbags, which have been linked to the deaths of eight people and more than 100 injuries