Honda, Japan’s second-largest automaker, has recalled 437,763 vehicles globally to repair air bags that can deploy with too much pressure, adding to previous U.S. recalls for the same defect. The expansion covers 378,758 vehicles in the United States. The Tokyo-based carmaker recalled about 4,000 cars and minivans in Japan. The company says it knows of one death and 12 incidents related to the air-bag defect, “The air bag produces excessive internal pressure, and there’s a risk of some metal shards coming through. That could cause injury,” according to a Honda spokesman.
U.S. vehicles to be repaired include some 2001 and 2002 Accord and Civic cars, Odyssey minivans, CR-V sport-utility vehicles and 2002 Acura TL cars. An initial U.S. recall in November 2008 included 4,600 Accords and Civics, and another 440,000 of those cars and some Acura TLs were added in July.
Honda said it will notify affected customers by mail and phone with instructions on how to have their vehicles inspected and updated at an authorized dealer. The entire production of each of the models in question is not necessarily included in the recall. Last month, Honda announced a separate recall of 646,000 2007 and 2008 Fit, City and Jazz models worldwide, after a fire hazard involving a power window switch resulted in a death in South Africa.
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