Honda Malaysia has confirmed that during a car accident that occurred on January 1, 2018, the single-stage airbag inflator module (made by Takata) on the driver’s side had ruptured. While the crash resulted in the death of the driver, the cause of death has not been determined.

The condition of the airbag inflator module, part of the SRS airbag system, was confirmed after an inspection was conducted with the police. It was installed in a 2004 Honda City and Honda Malaysia’s records showed that the unit involved in the accident was included in the recall list announced on May 21, 2015.

Honda Malaysia’s records also show that several notification letters related to the recall were sent to the then owners of the vehicle based on the information in the company’s database. However, it would appear that the letters were not forwarded to the current owner due to the change of ownership. The records indicate that the module was not replaced by any of the authorised Honda service centres.

The car involved in this accident has also been included in the Takata passenger’s front airbag inflator recall issued on the same day, May 21, 2015. It was confirmed that the passenger airbag inflator did not rupture while it was inflating and functioned in a proper manner.

Honda Malaysia is communicating with the authorities and representative of the driver’s family. Out of respect for the family, the company will not provide any personal information but expresses deepest sympathies to the family during this difficult time.

Honda Malaysia has been very pro-active on the recall relating to Takata front airbag inflator modules and has utilised all available channels of communication to reach owners so they will have the replacement done as soon as possible. Over 2.9 million letters have been sent out to owners based on their contact details available in the company’s database. Personnel have also visited used car lots to identify Honda vehicles which are on the recall list and carried out the necessary replacement. Additionally, staff of the service centres have visited homes near their facilities where there are Honda vehicles that may be on the recall list to inform the owners of the critical issue.

Replacing an airbag inflator module

The company has also enhanced the activities for airbag inflator replacement including ensuring 100% stock availability of front and passenger airbag inflators, and increasing service capacity via Service Central Hubs, Mobile Hubs, Hubs at selected Petronas stations, Hubs at Honda roadshow and prioritising replacement activities at dealerships.

As at January 25, 2018, Honda Malaysia replaced more than 221,000 units of Takata driver front airbag inflator modules which translates to 84% completion ratio. The total number of Takata driver and passenger front airbag inflator replacements completed is at more than 427,000 units or 76% completion ratio.

The company continues to appeal to owners of Honda vehicles affected by the Takata front airbag inflator module recall to have the replacements made at authorized Honda dealers as soon as possible. Honda vehicle owners (especially those who are not the first owners of the vehicle) should register their vehicles at the nearest dealers so that any necessary information will be able to reach them. Vehicle owners can also check their vehicles’ product recall status at or or call 1-800-88-2020. Authorised Honda dealers can also provide assistance in checking the status of the vehicle.

The company adds that the current line-up of models on sales in Malaysia do not have the same type of Takata airbag inflator modules as previous models affected by the recall.

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[Chips Yap]

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