Honda has initiated a recall of just under 380,000 cars in the US as part of a potentially fatal airbag deployment problem.
In 2008 Honda recalled just under 4,000 Accord and Civic (both 2001 MY) models due to an airbag problem. That recall was expanded by 443,727 vehicles in July 2009. In what is really a pre-emptive move, the Japanese automaker has now expanded the recall by 378,758 vehicles, bringing the total number of recalls for that problem to 826,425 in the US alone. Worldwide the recall will affect 952,118 vehicles.
Essentially the problem is one of airbags that can deploy too forcefully, thus rupturing the inflator casing and sending metal fragments through the air bag. Honda admits to knowing of 12 such incidents, one of which resulted in a fatality.
The latest recall also affects 2001 and 2002 Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V and some Acura TL models. No new incidents have been reported since the July recall.