In the automotive industry, recalls are a messy business. Considering the hard work it takes to construct a car and then send it out into the field, having to pay the expense of a recall is an arduous business. The Takata Airbag Inflator Recalls really hit Honda hard in the past few years, and another company facing some recalls is Volvo. Here is what is currently known about recalls for Honda and Volvo, and how to tell if you need information on a recall if you are a Honda or Volvo driver.
Last September, Honda, who is the fourth largest player in the domestic passenger vehicle market, had initiated a recall of 223,578 units of City, Civic, Jazz, and CR-V manufactured cars between 2003 and 2001 to replace airbag inflators.
According to Tribune India, this was the fifth recall by Honda in the past 18 months. In May this year, it recalled 11,381 units of the Accord, CR-V, and Civic manufactured between 2003 and 2007 to replace a faulty part in passenger and driver-side airbags. Then in July of 2014, the company recalled 1,338 units of the Accord and CR-V models manufactured between 2002 and 2003 to replace faulty inflators in the passenger-side airbags. Then in October 2014, it called 2,338 units of the Brio, Amaze, and CR-V manufactured between September 2011 and July 2014 to replace faulty inflators.
It seems that Honda has been severely affected by these airbag recalls. Considering that over 6 million vehicles have been involved in the Takata airbag recalls, it is surprising that there isn't more from this company. One company that isn't affected is Volvo, but there are certain recalls that are in effect on some of their models.
According to Edmunds.com, the C30, C70, and XC90 have no recalls, but this changes with other models. Volvo of North America is recalling 7,855 of the S60, V60, V60 Cross Country, XC70 and S80 vehicles because the starter motor fuse might blow, preventing the car from restarting. A recall of 30,929 2011-2012 S60 cars in the United States are being recalled due to no warning of low oil pressure. Also, 7,767 2014 Volvo S60, S80, XC60, and XC70 vehicles are being recalled because software problems might cause headlights and turn signals to malfunction.
If you are a Volvo driver, and you have any doubt whether or not your vehicle is on the recall list, Volvo has a site set up for Recall Information so their drivers can be up-to-date. There is a place on the site where the user can enter in their Vehicle Identification Number to see if his or her car needs to be brought to a Volvo dealership.
Honda has a similar website set up designed for Product Recall Information. Much of it is devoted to the Takata Airbag Inflator Recalls, and there are details about that on the site as well. Like the Volvo site, you can enter the vehicle identification number, or you can select any Honda vehicle by year and model.