Honda Adds 105,000 Vehicles To Driver's Airbag Recall

Honda is adding nearly 105,000 vehicles to its growing U.S. recall of driver's side airbag inflators that can explode with too much force.

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DETROIT (AP) — Honda is adding nearly 105,000 vehicles to its growing U.S. recall of driver's side airbag inflators that can explode with too much force.

The added vehicles include nearly 89,000 Pilot SUVs from the 2008 model year, as well as about 11,000 Civics from 2004 and another 5,000 Accords from the 2001 model year.

Honda says it's the first recall of 2008 Pilots for potential problems with driver's airbags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. The inflators can blow apart a metal canister and spew shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least six people have died worldwide due to the problem.

Dealers will replace the driver airbag inflators for free. With the added vehicles, Honda has now recalled 5.5 million Honda and Acura cars and SUVs nationwide from the 2001 to 2011 model years because of the airbag problems.

So far, 10 different automakers have recalled over 17 million cars and trucks in the U.S. and 22 million worldwide because of the airbag problem. There could be as many as 30 million vehicles with Takata airbags across the U.S.

Honda says in documents posted Thursday by U.S. safety regulators that it found the additional vehicles by checking Takata inflator part numbers against Honda vehicle identification numbers in its factory records. Some 2001 Accords and 2004 Civics already were included in a recall from last year.

The expansion "reflects all possible vehicles that could potentially experience the problem," Honda said in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In a statement, Honda said it has not received any claims of inflator ruptures in any of the 2008 Pilot models. The company said it will send letters to owners of vehicles in the expanded recall "over time" as replacement parts become available.

The recalls are nationwide for driver's side airbags, but passenger inflators are being recalled only in high-humidity areas including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

At least 70 lawsuits have been filed over the airbag malfunctions in courts across the nation, according to NHTSA.

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