In a statement, the automaker said it its busy contacting owners about the problem, and that replacement parts first need to be sourced and distributed to dealers before vehicles can be brought in for checks. It however stated that the eventual repair would take approximately one hour at no cost.
The latest recall to hit the beleaguered components manufacturer comes less than a day after Ford announced it was recalling some 32 000 Edge, Lincoln MKX and Continental models in the United States over similar faults.
Last month, the Tokyo-based company agreed the pay damages totalling $1-billion after failing to disclose information in full about the faulty inflators, which were prone to cracking and hurl shrapnel with too force at drivers and occupants.
According to reports, a total of 11 deaths and 180 injuries have been attributed to exploding airbags thus far, with Honda and its luxury division Acura being the worst affected (11.4-million) followed by Toyota (six-million), Chrysler and Dodge (5.6-million), Ford (three-million), Nissan (1.09-million), General Motors (1.04-million) and Mercedes-Benz (1.04-million).