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Honda to recall 7,659 passenger cars for airbag defects

All Headlines 06:00 March 04, 2016

SEJONG, March 4 (Yonhap) -- Honda Korea Co., the local unit of Japanese carmaker Honda Motor Co., will recall a combined 7,659 Civic and Legend sedans for problems with their airbags as part of the company's worldwide recall plan, the South Korean transportation ministry said Friday.

The models' airbags, produced by Japan's Takata Corp., were found to have a problem in the inflator unit, which, in the event of a crash, can send metal fragments flying and injure vehicle occupants, said the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The problem has been detected in 7,659 vehicles, including Civic FD1 and Legend KB1 sedans produced between March 22, 2006 and Jan. 31, 2012.

Last month, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the top American auto safety regulator, ordered Honda to expand the recall of Takata airbag inflator-equipped vehicles, in addition to its worldwide recall lists.

The airbag issue has forced the Japanese carmaker to recall some 50 million cars throughout the world since 2014.

The detailed schedule has not yet been fixed due to a shortage in the supply of the auto parts, according to the South Korean ministry.

The ministry also said that Audi Volkswagen Korea, the local importer and distributor of Germany's Volkswagen Group, will recall 2,425 Passat 2.0 TDI sedans produced between July 13, 2005 and May 16, 2008 for a possible oil pump failure that leads to a sudden engine stop.

The company will announce a detailed repair schedule within the first half of the year after securing the components, the ministry added.

brk@yna.co.kr
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