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17 July 2024

Honda recalls more than 3,000 cars in UAE

By Joseph George

Honda in the UAE has launched service campaigns for more than 3,000 vehicles of two premium models for possible faulty driver-side airbags.

The announcement came as a public notice by Honda and its UAE dealer Trading Enterprises.

The company said it has requested owners of two of its premium models, Pilot and Odyssey produced between 2009 and 2013, and with specific VIN range to have their vehicles inspected starting January 27.

Last month Honda Motor Co said it was recalling 777,000 late-model Pilot and Odyssey vehicles in the United States and Canada due to a problem with the deployment of airbags on the driver's side.

Although no crashes or injuries have been reported so far with regard to the issue, a faulty installation could result in airbags not deploying properly in case of an accident, increasing the risk of injury following a crash.

Honda said a few driver-side airbags may have been installed without some of the rivets that secure the airbag's plastic cover.

The UAE announcement said the decision is being taken in co-ordination between the Ministry of Economy and Department of Consumer Protection.

“In line with the keenness of the Ministry of Economy to conduct an ongoing review of all the products in the UAE and provide consumers with the required protection, Al Futtaim Honda announces that a service campaign for 2011-13 My Odyssey and 2009-2013 My Pilot will begin from January 27,” the announcement said.

The decision has been taken jointly with Honda Motor Co Ltd and The Ministry of Economy - Department of Consumer protection.

“The service campaign will inspect all 3,322 vehicles affected in the UAE and if required replace with the modified part,” it added.