• Expansion of a previously announced recall
  • Includes 2001-2003 Honda and Acura models
  • Addresses faulty driver's airbag inflator

In an expansion of a previously announced voluntary safety recall, Honda added more models to the roster of vehicles with a potentially dangerous driver's airbag inflator. In addition to vehicles recalled in the earlier campaign, Honda will replace faulty airbag inflators in another 273,000 Honda and Acura automobiles. Further, Honda will inspect 603,000 vehicles in an effort to locate 640 faulty parts installed by collision shops or other service outlets.

The expansion includes certain 2001 and 2002 Accord, 2001 to 2003 Civic, 2001 to 2003 Odyssey, 2002 and 2003 CR-V, 2003 Pilot, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL vehicles.

The driver's airbag inflator in these vehicles may produce excessive internal pressure, causing the inflator to rupture when the airbag deploys. Occupants could be injured by the resulting metal fragments, which could pass through the airbag cushion material.

The original effort began in 2008 and affected about 440,000 Civic, Accord and Acura TL vehicles. The latest expansion will begin later this month as Honda notifies owners. Honda says the company is aware of several incidents related to the recall and encourages all owners to take their vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as notification is received.

At no charge, dealers will inspect recalled vehicles and replace the defective part if necessary.

Owners of the listed models may determine if their vehicle is recalled by entering their VIN (vehicle identification number) online at www.recalls.honda.com or www.recalls.acura.com. Or, Honda owners may call (800) 999-1009 and Acura owners may call (800) 382-2238 for more information. Recall information for all automobiles is available on the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's website, Safercar.gov. Search for this recall using campaign ID 09V259000.

What it means to you:

Honda and Acura owners may determine if a vehicle is included in the recall by entering the VIN online or by calling. Owners of affected vehicles will also receive written notification to have their vehicles inspected.

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Nick Palermo is an automotive writer and lifelong car nut. He follows new and late-model used vehicles for AutoTrader.com, writes about vintage cars for Hemmings Classic Wheels and blogs on all things automotive at LivingVroom. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and twins.

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