After a spate of recalls being issued by manufacturers overseas Honda Car India Limited (HCIL) has issued a recall for Accords and CR-Vs in India. The recall applies to 1085 Accords and 252 CR-Vs that were manufactured in 2003 and one solitary CR-V from 2002.
This recall is in line with the chronic recalls that are happening overseas over a faulty side airbag inflator.
HCIL says that in the unfortunate event of an accident, the inflator casing may get damaged and may cause injury to occupants. The issue was first made public earlier this year and Honda's global recall over the same issue began in June 2014.
Honda will be replacing the part free of cost at HCIL dealerships across the country. The recall will happen in a phased manner and Honda will get in touch with customers of the affected vehicles directly.
The company has also created a special micro site on its main web page where customers can enter their VIN (vehicle information number) to see if their vehicle is affected.
Last month, Honda Motor Co had announced recalling over 20 lakh vehicles globally over potentially flawed air bag inflators made in 2000-02.
Honda said the replacement of the faulty part would be carried out free of cost at its dealerships across India in a phased manner and the company will communicate with contactable customers directly.
Elaborating on the potential defect in the air bag inflator, the company said that 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.
Earlier this month, Mahindra & Mahindra recalled around 23,000 units of a select variants of its popular sports utility vehicle Scorpio to rectify faulty pressure regulating valves.
Ever since auto industry body SIAM initiated voluntary recall policy for safety reasons in July 2012, 6,09,676 vehicles have been recalled so far.
In May, Hyundai Motor India had recalled 2,437 units of its sports utility vehicle Santa Fe to replace a faulty stop lamp switch.
In April, in one of the biggest vehicle recalls, Maruti Suzuki India recalled 1,03,311 units of its Ertiga, Swift and DZire models manufactured between November 12, 2013, and February 4, 2014, to replace a faulty fuel filler neck.
Earlier, Toyota Kirloskar Motor recalled 44,989 units of multi-purpose vehicle Innova manufactured between February 2005 and December 2008 in India to rectify a faulty cable on the steering wheel.
General Motors India last year recalled 1.14 lakh units of its multi-purpose vehicle Chevrolet Tavera manufactured between 2005 and 2013 to address emissions and specification issues. It is the biggest recall in India till date.
(With inputs from PTI)