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12/27/2011 - Honda expands airbag recall


Honda is issuing a large recall over airbags.

After receiving additional reports of safety issues from motorists, Honda has expanded a vehicle recall that will affect more than 300,000 of its models worldwide.

According to the Japanese automaker, the issue relates to air bags that may inflate with too much pressure in the event of a crash, potentially leading to flying projectiles that could hurt or injure passengers. The airbag issue was initially reported in 2009 and has been an issue in at least 20 accidents, two of which resulted in fatalities.

Honda stated that because it has been unable to determine specific vehicle models that were installed with the faulty airbags, the recall will ultimately affect more than 603,000 vehicles worldwide, the majority of which are in the U.S.  Thousands will also be affected in Canada, Japan and a few hundred in Germany, Great Britain and Israel. These include the Accord, Civic, Odyssey, Pilot and CR-V models as well as several Acura models.

Hajime Kaneko, Honda spokesman, said the latest recall is believed to have been caused by installing airbags with the wrong chemicals that deploy the bags.

If you are a Honda owner and would like to find out if you’ve been affected by this recall, visit www.recalls.honda.com or call (800) 999-1009 and select option 4. Acura owners can go to www.recalls.acura.com or call (800) 382-2238 and select option 4.

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