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Honda recalls vehicles in China over faulty airbags

Honda’s two joint ventures with Chinese partners GAC-Honda and Dongfeng-Honda announced plans to recall vehicles over faulty airbags on December 16, according to a statement on the website of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

GAC-Honda, a joint venture between Honda and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (GAC), will recall 16,505 Fit Saloon cars manufactured between October 30, 2002 and December 30, 2003 starting on February 1, 2015.

The airbags on the passenger side of the affected vehicles are defective and may cause danger, said AQSIQ, China’s top quality watchdog.

The recall filed by Dongfeng-Honda, a joint venture between Honda and Chinese Dongfeng Motor Group Co., Ltd. (DFG), will start on February 28, 2015 and affect 26,128 Elysion MPVs produced between June 4, 2012 and June 17, 2014 due to defective airbags on the driver’s side, said the administration. GAC-Honda announced a recall of 527,136 Accord cars made between May 17, 2002 and December 25, 2007 because of the same problem on the driver’s side.

Dongfeng Motor Corp. (DFM), parent company of DFG, also announced a recall of 2,848 A60 sedans manufactured between February 27, 2014 and June 5, 2014 over defective airbag control units starting on December 16.

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