The 2002 Honda Civic is one of the models impacted by the maker's latest airbag recall.
In the latest of a series of steps that has plagued the Japanese maker for several years, Honda announced it will recall more than 470,000 sedans, minivans and crossover-utility vehicles due to defective airbag systems.
The problem could cause potentially serious injuries, the maker acknowledged, and has been linked to such incidents in the past in other vehicles the maker has had to recall for similar issues. In fact, Honda recalled 750,000 other vehicles due to airbag defects earlier this year.
Reports out of Japan indicate other manufacturer may have additional airbag-related recalls to announce this week, possibly covering as many as 3 million vehicles sold worldwide. That could involve Toyota, as well as Honda, according to a Japanese transport ministry official, though it is unclear if – or how many – additional vehicles sold in the U.S. might be impacted.
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The latest U.S. Honda recall covers approximately 426,000 subcompact Civic models sold during the 2001 to 2003 model-years, 43,000 CR-V crossovers offered in 2002 and 2003, and another 92,000 Odyssey minivans from the 2002 model-year.
“It is possible that the passenger front airbag inflators in affected vehicles may deploy with too much pressure, which may cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury,” the maker acknowledged in a statement.