Published on August 24th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair0
If You Bought a Perdana Before September 2018, Read This
Remember one of the largest product recalls in automotive history, the Takata Airbag inflator recall? Well, it’s still ongoing, but is at a different stage at this time. The current Proton Perdana is based on the Honda Accord from two generations ago. That vehicle is affected by the Takata Airbag recall. Since it has been in production since 2013 (first as an almost 100% copy of the Accord, and later with a redesigned upper shell), and owners of these older vehicles may be at risk.
Basically, if you bought a Proton Perdana before the 31st of August 2018, you need to head to your nearest Proton dealership and get your PASSENGER SIDE airbag inflator replaced as soon as possible. This will be done for FREE and will only take about an hour to do. Perhaps you can call them up before hand to make sure they have a free slot for you.
Here’s the press release with more.
PROTON is appealing to owners of the Proton Perdana to bring their vehicles to authorised Proton service centres as soon as possible to have the Takata passenger airbag inflator replaced. Affected cars are those built from 2012 to the end of August 2018 and the service fix is part of a global initiative for cars equipped with Takata airbags.
All action taken is in accordance with the Defect Information Report (DIR) issued by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) of America that requires the replacement of non-desiccated passenger inflators and PROTON started replacing them from January 2019.
“Thanks to the joint efforts of our staff and dealers, PROTON managed to contact our customers and have performed the airbag inflator replacement exercise. There are 6,342 units affected and as of 18 August 2020, our service outlets have replaced 5,625 units or 87.5% completion,” said Roslan Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of Proton Edar.
The company would like to reassure all customers the exercise does not affect any other Proton model as those use airbags supplied by a different vendor. Stringent controls are in place to ensure customer safety, which is a key priority for PROTON and any inconvenience caused is deeply regrettable.
“The safety of our customers is of the utmost importance. However, we have not been able to connect with all affected owners due to obsolete or incomplete contact information. Therefore, we would like to urge all Proton Perdana owners who have not had their passenger airbag inflators replaced to call our service centres to book an appointment as soon as possible. Replacement of the inflator will take approximately one hour and will be performed free of charge while cars built after 31 August 2018 are unaffected,” he added.