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Honda Recalls 437,000 Cars
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Another Japanese car maker has issued a recall. Honda recalled 437,000 cars yesterday over a problem with driver's side air bags. That brings the number of cars Honda has recalled for the problem to nearly 1 million since 2008.
The Associated Press reports that the problem comes from faulty driver's side air bag inflators. In some of the cars, they can deploy with too much pressure, which causes the inflators to rupture, and injure or kill the driver.
Some 2001 and 2002 Honda Accord sedans, Civic compacts, Odyssey minivans, CR-V small sport utility vehicles and some 2002 Acura TL sedans are part of the U.S. recall. In Japan, three other models produced in 2001 and 2002, including the Inspire, Saber, Lagreat, are being recalled. Honda says it's found the root of the problem: a stamping machine that can use insufficient pressure to make the inflators, according to The AP.
Meanwhile, Toyota Prius owners in Japan are rushing their hybrids to dealers so they get a glitch in the antilock brake system fixed. Prius owners in the U.S. will have to wait until next week to find out when their vehicles can be repaired.