According to The Associated Press, Honda Motor Company has now recalled more than 822,000 vehicles, including some 2001 and 2002 Accord sedans, Civic compacts, Odyssey minivans, CR-V small sport utility vehicles and some 2002 Acura TL sedans because they have air bag inflation problems. Honda will replace the driver's side air bag inflator on these recalled cars because the airbags can deploy with too much pressure. The inflator ruptures and propels metal fragments toward the driver. These defective airbags can injure or kill the driver.
Honda originally announced the airbag recall to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in November of 2008. The first recall covered four thousand 2001 Accords and Civics. The recall was expanded in July of 2009 to 440,000 vehicles including the 2001 and 2002 Accord and Civic, and some 2002 Acura TL sedans.
Honda advised owners to take their vehicles to dealerships as soon as they are notified in writing. Apparently car owner notification will begin during February.