Honda Expands Global Airbag Recall

437K cars added to fix potentially lethal flaw
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 10, 2010 1:23 AM CST
Honda Motor president and CEO Takanobu Ito speaks at a press conference at the company's head office in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa, File)
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(Newser) – Honda is adding 437,000 vehicles to its global recall for faulty and potentially lethal airbags in the latest quality catastrophe to hit a Japanese automaker. The company will replace driver-side airbags because they can deploy with too much force, causing the inflator to rupture and potentially injure or kill the driver, AP reports.

The problem has been linked to one death and 11 injuries. The recall now affects close to 1 million vehicles, including certain 2001 and 2002 Accord sedans, Civic compacts, Odyssey minivans, CR-V small sport utility vehicles and some 2002 Acura TL sedans. Honda says owners should take their vehicles to dealerships as soon as they are notified by the company in writing.

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