Carmaker Honda has announced an extended recall to another 380,000 vehicles in the US to replace a defective airbag. According to the company the safety device could malfunction and deploy with too much force, causing the casing to rupture. The problem has been linked to 11 reports of injury and possibly one death.
Honda had first announced a smaller recall in November 2008 but broadened it last year. This latest expansion applies mainly to 2001 and 2002 Accord, Civic, and Odyssey models.
The move comes at a time when Honda’s bigger rival, Toyota has come under intense scrutiny from US safety regulators. It has launched its largest recall in its history. Honda says an additional announcement is expected from Japan that would detail steps being taken in other markets.