Airbag Defect Prompts Honda To Recall 440,000 Cars

If you own a Honda and don’t like getting shot in the face with jagged metal fragments, you may want to keep an eye out for a recall notice. The automaker announced yesterday that it would recall 440,000 Civics, Accords, and Acura TL sedans sold between 2001 and 2003.

Affected models include the 2001-2002 Honda Accord, 2001 Civic and 2002-2003 Acura TL.

In some cars, the airbag inflators may over-pressurize the inflator mechanism as the airbag is deploying, which could cause the inflator casing to rupture, according to Honda. As a result the carmaker said, “Metal fragments could pass through the cloth airbag cushion material, possibly causing an injury or fatality to vehicle occupants.”

The overeager airbag inflators have already caused six injuries and one death. Honda is sending out recall notices by mail, but for those who can’t wait, check to see if your vehicle is affected by visiting Honda’s website .

Honda recalls another 440,000 vehicles [CNN]
Honda Automobile Recall Information [Honda]
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