Recall Watch: Honda Airbags Could Be Fatal


Driver’s side airbags in certain Honda Accords and Civics are being recalled becasue of a potentially-dangerous defect that could lead to injury or even death.

The recall extends a November 2008 recall by about 440,000 vehicles, including 2001 Honda (Stock Quote: HMC) Accords and Civics in which too much air pressure during airbag deployment could cause an inflator casing to rupture, possibly causing metal fragments to pass through the cloth airbag cushion material, Honda says.

Registered owners of vehicles affected by the recall will receive a recall notice in the mail during the next few months, with the owners of vehicles most likely to include a problem airbag being contacted first, Honda says. The notice will include instructions for consumers to schedule a repair or replacement airbag.

Drivers can confirm their vehicle's recall status by visiting Honda online. Owners of affected vehicles are encouraged to wait to receive a recall notice in the mail before scheduling an appointment with a dealer for a repair or a replacement.

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