Honda said it will recall another roughly 378,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix potentially faulty airbag systems that are linked to at least one known fatality and 11 injuries in the U.S., says the Nikkei [sub].
That brings the number of airbag-related recalled Honda and Acura models to more than 826,000. Honda said some airbags in its older vehicles deploy with too much pressure, and send metal fragments flying into the car.
In a separate announcement Wednesday in Tokyo, Honda said that the additional number of cars that it will recall due to this airbag problem totals 437,763 vehicles globally including 378,758 in the U.S., 41,685 vehicles in Canada, 9,227 in Mexico, 4,042 in Japan, 1,361 in Taiwan and 703 in Australia.
The affected airbag systems are primarily found in 2001 and 2002 Accords, Civics, Odysseys, CR-Vs and certain Acura models from those years.
John Mendel, American Honda’s executive vice president of sales, said the company’s decision to expand the earlier recall was driven in part by the current concern over safety issues raised by Toyota’s recent recalls. “There’s certainly a heightened sensitivity right now to anything to do with recalls,” he said. “We were particularly concerned that this will not look like we were trying to duck under the screen.” Expect similar reactions from other car makers. Total Recall, The Sequel.