Honda Australia Pty Ltd — Honda Accord MY1998-2000, CR-V MY1998-2000, Legend MY1998-2000
What are the defects?
According to the component supplier, the driver’s side airbag inflator in affected vehicles could allow moisture to enter the unit and degrade the airbag inflator propellant. If this occurs, the properties of the propellant may be changed so that the propellant does not react during an accident causing misdeployment of the airbag.
What are the hazards?
According to the component supplier, if a vehicle with an affected airbag is involved in a collision, the airbag inflator could rupture, causing sharp metal fragments to enter the vehicle cabin at high speed and kill or injure vehicle occupants.
The component supplier is also concerned that there is a risk that the defect could lead to slow deployment and not protect the driver as intended.
What should consumers do?
Owners of affected vehicles should stop driving their vehicle immediately. Owners of affected vehicles will receive a letter from Honda Australia asking them to contact the Honda Australia Recall Call centre on 1800 952 272 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 6pm AEST) to arrange for their affected vehicle to be towed to a Honda dealer. Any tow will be undertaken free of charge.
Where the vehicle has a valid current registration for road use in Australia, Honda Australia will offer to buy back the registered vehicle from the owner at market value. Alternative transport options will be arranged by Honda Australia directly with the customer until the buy back process is completed.
Given the age of these vehicles, replacement parts are no longer in production and therefore are not currently available. As a result, Honda is currently unable to repair affected vehicles at this time.
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Further information for consumers is available at www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls
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