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Honda to recall 1,400 cars in S. Korea for Takata air bags

All Headlines 08:17 February 02, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Yonhap) -- Honda Korea, the local importer of the Japanese car brand, will recall over 1,400 cars sold in South Korea for Takata air bags whose metal inflator can fracture and shoot at passengers when the air bag is deployed, the transportation ministry said Thursday.

The recall affects 1,407 Honda Accord cars produced between Aug. 2, 2011, and July 26, 2012.

"The ministry advises owners of such vehicles to immediately have their cars repaired as the issue has led to fatal accidents in other countries," the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said in a press release.

The Honda Accord (Photo courtesy of transportation ministry)

Free repair services will be available starting Monday at all Honda Korea service centers throughout the country, it added.

The local importer of the Japanese car brand is also recalling 1,172 Honda Odyssey minivans produced between May 29, 2012, and Sept. 9, 2015.

The ministry said the second row seats of the minivan may shift unexpectedly, possibly injuring passengers, as the seats' lever may remain in the unlocked position.

Nissan Korea, the local importer and distributor of Nissan cars, is recalling over 900 cars for a problem in the auto braking system that may cause an increase in braking distance.

The vehicles subject to the recall include 843 Nissan Maxima luxury sedans produced between June 4, 2015, and Aug. 18, 2016. The recall also affects 143 Nissan Murano crossover hybrid cars produced between Jan. 8 and July 28 of 2016.

Honda to recall 1,400 cars in S. Korea for Takata air bags - 2

Over 800 Maserati cars sold here will also be recalled for software issues that may falsely inform the driver the gear is in the parked position when it is not, possibly leading to accidents, the ministry said.

The recall affects six vehicle models, including the Maserati Quattroporte GTS and the Ghibli 350, that were produced between March 15, 2013, and Sept. 18, 2014. FMK Korea, the local importer and distributor of Maserati cars, is also recalling 50 Maserati Levantes for defective software in the engine control unit that could cause the engine to stop.

Jaguar Land Rover Korea, the local importer of Jaguar and Land Rover cars, is recalling 483 Land Rover cars produced between July 4 and Oct. 10 in 2016 for defective wiring in the engine that could cause loss of control and power, and even start a fire.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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