Torrance, California – American Honda Motor Company has expanded an existing safety recall of the driver’s airbag in certain 2001 Accord and Civic models to include more vehicles.

The recall was originally initiated in November 2008 and covered replacement of the driver’s steering wheel-mounted airbag inflator. The new action adds approximately 440,000 additional vehicles.

In some vehicles, airbag inflators can produce over-pressurization of the driver’s front airbag inflator mechanism during deployment. The increased internal pressure may cause the inflator casing to rupture. Metal fragments could pass through the cloth airbag cushion material, possibly causing an injury or fatality to occupants.

Registered owners of vehicles that potentially contain affected inflators will receive a recall notice, with owners of vehicles most likely to include a problem airbag being contacted first.

The recall affects only certain vehicles, and owners of 2001-2002 Accords, 2001 Civics and 2002-2003 Acura TLs are encouraged to wait to receive a recall notice before scheduling an appointment. Owners may confirm their vehicle’s recall status by visiting Honda.com, or Acura.com.

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