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Honda Expands U.S. Airbag Recall by Nearly 400,000 Vehicles

At least one death linked to defect.

by on Feb.09, 2010

Honda continues to expand a recall for airbag problems with models like the 2002 Accord.

Honda is nearly doubling the number of vehicles it will recall due to defective airbags, a problem that it acknowledges being linked to at least one death and 12 incidents.

The problem, according to the maker’s top American executive, John Mendel, is that the safety devices can deploy with more force than intended when triggered by an accident.

“The air bag produces excessive internal pressure, and there’s a risk some of metal shards coming through. That could cause injury,” said Mendel.

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The problem was first dealt with by a November 2008 recall of 4,600 Honda Accords and Civics, but in July of last year the automaker added another 440,000 vehicles, expanding the list of Accords and Civics subject to the recall and adding certain versions of the Acura TL.

Owners with vehicle safety complaints should report them to the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.  Have your VIN number in front of you when you call.