11 Feb 2010

Vehicle recall by Honda in North America

6:02 am on 11 February 2010

Honda has added almost 438,000 cars, mainly in North America, to a global safety recall over airbag inflation problems.

It broadens a recall announced in late 2008 for 4000 Accord and Civic sedans, which was expanded in mid-2009 to cover another 510,000 vehicles.

Honda is Japan's second-biggest carmaker. It said the defective airbags can overinflate and burst, spraying potentially deadly metal shards.

The fault has already been linked to 11 injuries and one fatality. Last month, Honda had to recall 650,000 Fit hatchbacks worldwide to fix a switch defect that could cause a fire.

The recall affects 378,000 cars in the United States and 41,000 in Canada.

The latest announcement also covers Japan, Mexico, Taiwan and Australia.

The BBC reports it is a fresh blow to Japanese carmakers: Toyota has recalled almost half a million hybrid cars over faulty brakes.

More than 8 million Toyotas have been recalled since last October for problems with slipping floormats and sticking accelerator pedals, linked to crashes that have killed at least 19 people.