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Up to 876,000 cars at risk from deadly exploding airbags

Hundreds of thousands of Honda vehicles sold the United States are being recalled or will be inspected by the company because their airbags could potentially explode causing injury or death, the company said.

In a notice posted in a PDF file on its website, the American Honda Co. said it was expanding a previously announced recall to include some 273,000 of certain 2001-2003 model Honda and Acura vehicles to replace the airbag.


"Affected driver's airbag inflators may deploy with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury or fatality," the message said.

It also said airbag service parts were sold for installation in an unknown number of vehicles for collision repair or other service.

"Because Honda is unable to determine the specific vehicles that may have received the affected service parts through existing information, Honda will inspect an additional approximately 603,000 vehicles and replace those parts as necessary," the notice added.

The expanded recall applies to 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 notice said.

"Honda is aware of several incidents related to this recall and expansions, and is announcing this further recall expansion to encourage all owners of included vehicles to take their vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive mailed notification from Honda. Notification to the expanded group of customers will begin in late December 2011," the notice said.

It said that "nothing is more important" to Honda than alerting its customers.

It said that it would contact customers by mail, "in late December, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going online or calling."

To find out whether your car is included, Honda owners can go to www.recalls.honda.com or call (800) 999-1009 and select option 4; Acura owners can go to http://owners.acura.com/Maintenance/Recalls.aspx or call (800) 382-2238 and select option 4. You will need your car's VIN.