Honda recalling 438,000 more cars worldwide for airbag risk

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

Due to certain airbag complaints, Honda Motor Co. is recalling 438,000 more cars worldwide to replace an airbag deflator that could rupture and send shards toward the driver in an accident.

Honda cars sold in Europe don't have this type of airbag and hence are not included in the recall. Less than two weeks ago, Honda recalled 646,000 cars for a defective window switch that resulted to a Jazz subcompact going up in flames in South Africa, killing a child.

To resolve that issue, Honda is recalling 172,000 cars in the UK. This actually isn't the first time that Honda had issued recalls due to the airbag problem.

The carmaker had filed separate recalls in November 2008 and June 2009, covering 510,000 vehicles. It was initially believed to stem from excessive moisture intake by the propellant but it was later determined that the defect was caused by insufficient stamping pressure during the production of the inflator propellant.

A Honda spokesman revealed that the airbags are manufactured by the U.S. unit of Japan's Takata Corp. Meanwhile, a Takata spokesman said that it had not been notified of any defect in airbags it had supplied to other carmakers.

This expanded recall generally affects US cars, with almost 379,000 cars included in the recall. These cars to be recalled are all produced at Honda's U.S. and Canadian plants.

Cars included are the following: 2001 and 2002 model-year Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V, Pilot and 2002 Acura TL and CL vehicles in the US. The Honda spokesman said the recall would cost the company about 24 million yen ($267,000) in Japan, or about $67 a car.

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