Honda latest with recall woes

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Honda is the latest Japanese carmaker to be hit by safety problems.

It has issued a recall of more than 400,000 vehicles to replace their airbags.

The problem is that some have ruptured when deployed during an accident and have fired pieces of the metal casing at the driver.

In a statement published on its website, Honda explained the propellant in the airbags deteriorates over time.

It knows of one fatality and 11 injuries caused by the airbag defect.

This is an expansion of an earlier recall on the Honda Accord, Civic, Odyssey and CR-V as well as Acura TL.

The move comes at a time when Honda’s rival Toyota is coping with the biggest recall in its history.

And now US safety regulators are looking at complaints from owners of Toyota Corollas about steering problems.

A US congressional committee was this week supposed to have held hearings on whether Toyota was too slow to respond to safety issues but had to postpone that because of heavy snow in Washington DC.