14/07/2016 7:07 PM IST | Updated 16/07/2016 1:08 AM IST

Honda India Recalls 1.9 Lakh Cars That May Have Potentially Deadly Airbags

The airbags have been linked to at least 14 deaths overseas

Rebecca Cook / Reuters
A deployed Takata manufactured airbag

Honda Cars India has recalled nearly 2 lakh cars of previous generation City, Jazz, Accord, Civic and CR-V cars, becoming the latest auto maker to recall cars with potentially dangerous 'Takata' airbags that have reportedly been linked to at least 14 deaths.

The 'precautionary' move is part of the automobile company's efforts to replace the airbags manufactured by Japanese auto supplier Takata, which is involved in a massive worldwide recall.

Honda will replace the airbags free of charge at its dealerships across India.

Honda car owners can check if their car will need the airbags replacement by submitting a 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

Honda plans to begin its replacement drive for CR-V and Civic immediately, with other models by September. The recall will affect 22,483 units of its premium sedan Accord manufactured between 2003-2011. As many as 1,37,270 'City' cars manufactured between 2008 and 2011, and 15,706 premium hatchback 'Jazz' made between 2009-2011, are affected.

The Takata-related recall has affected car brands globally including Toyota, Nissan, General Motors, Mitsubishi and Ford. It has led to at least 34 million recalls in the US, in what is the largest such car recall in American history, according to media reports.

With agency inputs