Honda recalls cars on airbag issue

Honda has announced that it is recalling some of its cars following complaints about faulty airbag parts.

The 304,000 Honda vehicles being recalled include Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V, Pilot and other models, manufactured in 2001 and 2002.

The Tokyo-based firm said that it was expanding its earlier recall for the same problem. The earlier recall was carried out in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The problem seems to be with the driver's airbag inflator, which has a risk of being deploying with too much pressure and being a hazard to the driver.

According to the firm, there have been 20 accidents so far due to the faulty airbags, including two deaths in the US two years back.

A total of 273,000 vehicles in the US, 27,000 in Canada, nearly 2,000 vehicles in Japan and another 2,000 in other countries will be recalled by the car manufacturer.

Honda's spokesman Hajime Kaneko said the cause of the problem was the use of incorrect material in the chemical used to deploy the air bags.

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