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TORRANCE, Calif. – Apr. 10, 2013 – Honda will voluntarily recall approximately 426,000 model-year 2001-2003 Civic vehicles, approximately 43,000 CR-V vehicles from the 2002-2003 model years and approximately 92,000 model-year 2002 Odyssey vehicles in the United States to replace the passenger front airbag inflator. It is possible that the passenger front airbag inflators in affected vehicles may deploy with too much pressure, which may cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury. Honda is aware of one crash in which a passenger front airbag deployed with too much pressure, causing the casing to rupture. Honda is not aware of any injuries or deaths related to this issue.
Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of all affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in late-May, 2013. In addition to contacting customers by mail, at that time, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.
Four major Japanese automakers are recalling about 3.4 million cars worldwide because of possible airbag problems.
Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda said separately Thursday that abnormal inflation of passenger-side airbags was the reason for the recall.
The companies said the defective airbags, which were made by Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp, could burst or cause a fire. No injuries or deaths have been reported.
Honda is recalling 1.1 million vehicles, including the Civic and Odyssey models. Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles, including the Tundra and the Corolla. Nissan says the defective airbags were found in 480,000 cars made in Japan between 2000 and 2004. Mazda is recalling 45,000 units worldwide. Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.