Honda is again expanding a recall for faulty airbags, with the issue now involving more than 1.7 million Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V and to Acura models dating to 2001.
The Japanese manufacturer reports the airbags can inflate with too much force, causing a casing break and a risk of injury or death. Honda says it is aware of 12 incidents, including 11 injuries and one death.
The latest addition to the recall includes 833,000 vehicles among the following styles: Accord (2001-02), Civic (2001-02), Odyssey (2002), CR-V (2002-03), Acura 3.2 TL (2002-03) and Acura CL (2003).
The original Honda recall in 2008 included 3,940 of its 2001 and 2002 models. Honda expanded the recall to about 443,000 vehicles in July 2009 and added 437,763 in February 2010.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had questioned the “scope and timeliness” of the first two recalls and asked for more details.
Owners will be notified by mail this month. If an owner is sure the air bag has never been replaced, they can notify the company. Otherwise, the car needs to be inspected.