Honda Recall December 2011: Global airbag problems lead to deaths

Earlier today we gave the news of a product recall that affected some cases for a variety of Apple products. Now we are back to the auto industry as a new Honda recall in December 2011 is announced, which concerns global airbag problems that have lead to deaths.

The Japanese car manufacturer has announced that it is to recall around 304,000 of its vehicles that have faulty airbags. USA Today is reporting that the airbags may inflate in an accident with too much pressure, which could cause metal and plastic particles flying resulting in injuries or even death.

Honda have stated that there have been twenty reported incidents so far regarding the issue, which have resulted in two deaths in the US in 2009. This latest Honda recall is affecting the Accord, Civic, Odyssey, Pilot, CR-V and other models, manufactured in 2001 and 2002.

In the US the recall is affecting 273,000 vehicles, Canada has 27,000, Japan almost 2,000, and 2,000 in other countries. Over in Europe there are 359 vehicles affected with 200 of them in Germany, 158 in Israel, and 1 in the UK.

This follows on from recalls made for the same problem in 2008 and 2009, as well as last year. It now covers around 2 million vehicles around the world according to Honda. Hajime Kaneko of Honda said the problem is caused by the use of the wrong material used to deploy the airbags. Before the initial cause of the airbag problem was excessive moisture in the propellant used to deploy them.

Honda has apologized about the recall and feels this latest recall will finally sort the problem, and expects no more in the future. The company is also recalling 912 airbag service parts that were sold for installation in vehicles that were to be repaired after an accident.

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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