Honda Motor Co. is recalling around 569,000 vehicles in China to probe into suspect defects with airbags from Takata Corp. GAC-Honda, a joint venture between Honda and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., will recall 527,136 Accords made between May 2002 to December 2007 to replace the driver-side airbags, according to a post on the Web site of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
GAC-Honda will also recall 16,505 Fit Saloon cars produced between Oct. 30, 2002 and Dec. 30, 2003.
Honda said that another joint venture will 26,128 Elysion minivans made between June 2012 and June 2014. Zhu Linjie, a spokesman for Honda in China, remarked that the recall will commence on Feb. 28, 2015 since the carmaker currently has no replacement parts available. He said that the cars can be driven as usual and the airbags were not to be disabled.
The recalled vehicles have not been tied to any injuries and deaths in China, according to Honda spokeswoman Misato Fukushima, adding that the Japanese carmaker maker will issue more recalls in other markets once it determines the number of vehicles to call back.
Aside from the latest callbacks, Honda has already recalled over 13 million cars globally to replace possibly defective Takata airbags, which have been tied to five deaths. Honda is now working with two other airbag suppliers to produce replacement parts after Takata’s devices.
Seiji Sugiura, an auto analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research Center, told Bloomberg News that due to increasing use of common components, carmakers could become “extremely vulnerable” if a key supplier fails in quality. Sugiura added that Honda and other carmakers will have to shift to other suppliers in the longer term.