Torrance, California – Honda’s U.S. division has expanded a previously-announced recall of certain 2001 and 2002 model-year vehicles to replace the driver’s airbag inflator. The new action covers an additional 378,758 vehicles in the U.S., including the Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V, and select 2002 Acura TL vehicles, along with a single Honda Pilot and single Acura CL, each produced in late 2002.

The driver’s airbag inflators in these vehicles may deploy with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to rupture, possibly resulting in injury or death.

Honda said it is aware of 12 incidents related to the issue, as of February 2010. The company said it was aware of two additional events when the decision to first expand the recall was made in July 2009, it was not aware of any new events following July 2009. However, “we have concluded that we cannot be completely certain that the driver’s airbag inflator in the vehicles being added to this recall at this time will perform as designed,” the company said in a statement.

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