Honda Expands Recall of Risky Airbags

Honda is mulling its options to expand recall to 304,000 vehicles featuring defective air-bag deployment systems, with more than 2 million Honda vehicles being recalled since 2008 due to similar issues. The company discovered an “energetic deployment” of a driver’s air bag after a car was involved in an accident on August 1, Honda said in its filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicle was not previously recalled.

Honda Airbag Recall

The latest recall covers the following vehicles of the company: 2001-2 Accords, the 2001-3 Civic and Odyssey, 2002-3 CR-V, 2003 Pilot, 2002-3 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL. Initially, the company recalled 3,9000 Civics and Accords from the 2001 model in late 2008.

The same issue forced the company to recall further 440,000 vehicles in July, 2009, with Honda citing “unusual deployments” as main reason for the recall.

The company wants to recall 273,000 vehicles in the United States and about 27,000 in Canada. Some 2,000 vehicles are to be recalled in Japan, while 359 defective Honda vehicles are sold in Europe.

The company used incorrect material to make the chemical used to deploy air bags, Honda spokesman Hajime Kaneko said in a statement. No more recalls due to the same problem are expected in the future, he added.

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