x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Honda recalls more than 3,000 vehicles in UAE

More than 3,000 Hondas in the UAE being recalled to repair a fault with the driver's side airbag.

Honda is recalling more than 3,000 cars in the UAE to repair a fault that could cause the driver's side airbags to fail.

Models affected in the UAE are the 2011 to 2013 Odyssey minivans and 2009 to 2013 Pilot crossover vehicles.

The move follows a similar recall of the same models in the US and Canada last month.

Al-Futtaim Honda announced a service campaign for the recalled models on January 27. The decision was made jointly with Honda Motor Company Limited, the Ministry of Economy and the Department of Consumer Protection.

Some driver's side airbags may have been installed without some of the rivets that secure the airbag's plastic cover.

"As a result, in the event of a crash, the driver's airbag may not deploy as designed," Al-Futtaim Honda said in its public announcement.

Owners have been asked to call the customer care centre on 800 46632 or visit www.honda.ae to make an appointment with Al Futtaim Honda service centres. Owners will be asked to provide their vehicle identification number to check whether their vehicle is among those with problems.

Motorists are asked to bring in the 3,322 affected vehicles to service centres for inspection and replacement of the driver's side airbag, if necessary.

According to Reuters, internationally, the recall affects 777,000 late-model Pilot and Odyssey vehicles in the United States and Canada due to a problem with the deployment of driver's side airbags.

Honda said no crashes or injuries have been reported in relation to the issue. Honda recalled 748,000 Pilots and Odysseys in the United States and another 29,000 in Canada.