Clean chit for Honda cars in Bahrain
Manama, February 11, 2010
A worldwide recall of Honda cars has not affected Bahrain, it has been declared.
Honda dealers National Motor Company said they have received a notification from the Japanese car giant saying the recall related to an abnormal deployment of the driver-side airbag on the 2001 and 2002 model-year Accord, Civic, Odyssey and CR-V vehicles.
'The recall relates to a dual-igniter type inflator which is not found in models in Bahrain,' said senior manager and after sales head Xavier Stephen. 'Cars sold in Bahrain use a single-igniter type inflator.'
He said they would, however, keep in constant contact with Honda and advice customers if there was any change in the situation.
Honda had earlier announced a recall campaign for Accord and Civic due to the airbags' failure.
Sources said the faulty inflator body in the driver side airbag had been rupturing due to excessive internal pressure created by propellant explosion and could cause metal fragments to tear through the airbag cushion material.
A total of 438,000 cars are being recalled globally to replace the airbag deflator. The move follows a separate recall of 646,000 cars less than two weeks ago for a faulty window switch that engulfed a Honda Jazz subcompact in flames in South Africa, killing a child.
Honda had previously filed recalls for the airbag problem in November 2008 and June 2009, covering a total 510,000 vehicles.-TradeArabia News Service