10 Feb 2010

Honda forced to issue another recall

7:58 pm on 10 February 2010

Honda has confirmed it is recalling nearly 400,000 vehicles in the United States over a problem with airbags.

The news comes less than a day after the world's biggest car maker, Toyota, announced another massive vehicle recall.

Honda's recall - including the popular Accord and Civic models - applies to 2001 and 2002 vehicles, the BBC reports.

In a statement, Honda said it was recalling 378,000 vehicles in the US. The move is an extension of two earlier recalls intended to resolve a defect relating to airbags.

To date, Honda has identified 12 cases of driver's side airbags over-inflating before bursting, scattering small metal fragments. In one case, the malfunction proved fatal.

Honda engineers have sought to resolve the problem, but in its statement the company admits it cannot be completely certain its airbags will perform as designed.

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

In January, Honda had to recall 650,000 Fit hatchbacks worldwide to fix a switch defect that could cause a fire. It said the fault could allow water to enter the power window mechanism, making components overheat.

The Fit is sold as the Jazz and City in other countries. That recall affects Asia, Latin America, Europe, South Africa and North America.

On Tuesday, Toyota recalled 436,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide, including its latest Prius, to fix brake faults.

That comes on top of more than 8 million Toyotas recalled since October last year for problems with slipping floor mats and sticking accelerator pedals, linked to crashes that have killed at least 19 people.