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Tuesday, 29 July 2014 05:38

Honda Expands Airbag Recall To Include California

Honda Motor Co. is expanding to the state of California a U.S. regional recall of vehicles over potentially explosive airbags made by Takata Corp., the automaker said, after a complaint that said a driver was injured in an accident in the state. The regional recall involving the potentially faulty airbags has now expanded beyond hot and humid southern states and into the nation’s most populous state and a major market for automakers. Honda decided to expand the recall after it was told on June 25 about an accident involving a 2005 model Accord that had taken place in California in May, a spokeswoman said. According to a complaint filed to U.S. safety regulator the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the airbag in the car shot out “hot metal and plastic shrapnel” after a collision that happened at low speed, leaving the driver with “severe burns, bruises and abrasions on her arms and legs.” It was not immediately clear how many vehicles would be recalled in California. In the regional recall, Honda is pulling back certain vehicles including model years 2001-2007 Accord, 2001-2005 Civic and 2002-2006 CR-V.

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