Honda Motor Co. has expanded its biggest recall to repair defects linked to airbags in models like the Civic and Accord built starting from a decade ago. Spokesman Keitaro Yamamoto said that the recall affects 917,267 more vehicles throughout the world. This raises the total affected vehicles to over 2.77 million, Honda’s biggest recall for an individual defect. Over than 90% of the affected vehicles are in the U.S.
In a statement, Honda said that when the pressure is too high, the airbag inflators may deploy. This makes the inflator casing rupture and this may lead to an injury or death. The affected models include the 2001 and 2002 Accord, the 2001 to 2003 Civic, the 2001 to 2003 Odyssey, the 2002 and 2003 CR-V, the 2003 Pilot, the 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and the 2003 Acura 3.2 CL vehicles.
Last September, Honda issued the recall of over 300,000 Pilot SUVs for seat-belt stitching that may loosen during a crash. Honda is the only big automaker to post a sales drop in the U.S. last month as it has had to recover from the earthquake in Japan and the floods in Thailand this year.
Toyota’s U.S. sales also declined last year due to the recall crisis that it was faced with. Masatoshi Nishimoto, a senior manager for IHS Automotive in Tokyo, said that Honda will be adversely affected by a recall.