The cost of air bags significantly inflates the price of your average motor car. The least a buyer can expect is that the air bags on his vehicle should work they way they are supposed to. In the case of Honda this does not seem to be what happened - at least not for a wide range of cars manufactured between 2001 and 2002.
The Japanese car manufacturer has decided to recall 304,000 vehicles from all over the world because of air bags that may over-inflate after a crash, potentially resulting in serious injury or even death by sending pieces of debris flying.
Honda admits there have been at least 20 accidents up to now where this problem played a role. Two people in the U.S. died as a result.
The car giant says the recall will affect the following models: Civic, Accord, Pilot, Odyssey, CR-V and other models manufactured between 2001 and 2002.
A total of 273,000 vehicles will be recalled in the U.S., 2,000 in Japan, 27,000 in Canada and 2,000 from a number of other countries.
This is not the first time Honda has recalled vehicles because of the same problem. Thousands of vehicles were recalled in 2008. This happened again in 2009 and 2010. It means that more than two million vehicles have been recalled so far.
According to Hajime Kaneko, speaking on behalf of Honda, the problem was caused by incorrect material being used in the manufacture of the air bags.
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