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Honda Ups Recall For Air Bag Defect

Agnus Dei Farrant |
December 2, 2011 | 3:06 p.m. PST

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A 2001 Honda Accord (photo courtesy of Creative Commons).
A 2001 Honda Accord (photo courtesy of Creative Commons).
Honda Motor Co. is recalling 304,000 vehicles worldwide for an air bag defect that has caused 20 accidents so far, including two deaths in the United States, Fox News reported.

The air bags may inflate with too much pressure in a crash, resulting in metal and plastic pieces flying.

The recall is for the 2001 and 2002 Accord, 2001 to 2003 Civic, 2001 to 2003 Odyssey, 2002 and 2003 CR-V, 2003 Pilot, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL vehicles.

"Honda has expanded a previously announced recall of certain 2001 through 2003 model-year Honda and Acura vehicles to replace the driver's airbag inflator originally installed in approximately 273,000 additional vehicles sold in the U.S.," read a statement released by Honda on Friday. "Affected driver's airbag inflators may deploy with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury or fatality."

Additionally, Honda found that 640 defective air bag service parts were also sold to be installed in cars undergoing repair or other vehicle services.

Honda spokesman Hajime Kaneko told Fox News that the initial cause of the recall was excessive moisture in the inflator propellant, a part of what inflates the air bag.




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