Honda Automobile (Thailand) said it would extend the range of vehicles which require replacement of Takata driver airbag inflators.

"Honda is making this announcement as a precautionary measure to ensure safety for its customers. The extension adds 234,819 driver's front airbag inflators as affected parts which require inspection and replacement," the automaker said in a statement.

Dealers will replace the affected airbag inflators free of charge.

Most of the affected models were assembled or manufactured locally and one Thai plant is also the 'mother plant' for Honda India operations.

"The reason for this replacement is the affected Takata driver front airbag inflators might deploy with excessive internal pressure when activated. In such a case, the airbag inflator casing might rupture, which could result in a safety risk for the driver and passengers," Honda added.

The vehicles added to the list are:

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  • 2012-2013 City
  • 2012 City CNG
  • 2012-2013 Jazz
  • 2013 Jazz Hybrid
  • 2012 Jazz (imported from Japan)
  • 2011 CR-V

Honda has faced difficulties in some markets obtaining sufficient replacement parts to carry out the airbag recall repairs.

The Thai unit said owner notification letters would do out "depending on the availability of parts at each [dealership]…"

The latest announcement expands on a previous notification under which the automaker had already notified some Thai customers about the need for replacement.

Honda added it "would also like to encourage the owners" of other vehicles included in the previous notification who have not had inflators replaced yet to schedule replacement with a dealer.

The earlier Thai recall affects (for replacement of a Takata driver front airbag inflator):

  • 2012-2014 Brio
  • 2014 Brio Amaze
  • 2003-2011 City
  • 2009-2011 Jazz
  • 2006-2011 and 2013-2014 Civic
  • 2004-2007 Accord
  • 2007-2010 and 2013 CR-V

Plus (for replacement of Takata passenger front airbag inflator):

  • 2003-2009 City
  • 2004-2009 Jazz
  • 2001-2009 Civic
  • 2003 Accord
  • 2002-2009 CR-V
  • 2002-2004 Stream