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Over the last year, Honda has recalled roughly 444,000 vehicles to repair overpressurized airbag inflators in certain 2001-2002 Honda Accord, 2001 Civic and 2002-2003 Acura TL models. According to the automaker, there has been one death and multiple injuries stemming from the defect, which can send small metal fragments through the airbag and onto the vehicle's occupants.

For whatever reason, the total recall was announced in two separate increments that were eight months apart – and NHTSA wants to know why. Earlier, Honda had said that the problem was traced back to Takata Corp., which supplied the faulty inflators, and that the supplier had made "incorrect assumptions" about the numbers of parts it had sent to Honda. Says Honda spokesman Chris Martin:
The initial range of recalled vehicles was based on a relatively small sample of problematic airbag deployments...It took some further customer reports of airbag deployments for us to be able to look back and say, these vehicles are not in the lot we identified but have the same problem.
Honda denies any wrongdoing and promises to fully cooperate with the NHTSA investigation.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req'd]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      That's good that the NHTSA is doing investigations like these. Companies need to always aim to get it right the first time. When people's lives are at risk, there's no second chance for them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still the best looking Accord IMO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      haha, I have had 3 seven gen accords. 98 Accord LX 95,000 low miles, 99 Accord LX 120,000 low miles (traded on a new car), 99 Accord EXV6 with 225,000 miles.

      All of them have been flawless, though I feel the regular LX/DX models are bland.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We are sad to report that Honda spokesman "Mr. Opportunity" was tragically killed today due to metal shrapnel from his Honda Accord airbag.

      He leaves behind a crappy advertising campaign.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The only knocking he will be doing, is on heaven's door.

        Sorry, couldn't resist :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Metal fragments"? What, did Takata accidentally ship claymores, instead of airbags? I guess the tipoff is if your Accord has "This Side Toward Enemy" stenciled on the airbag, it might be part of the recall.