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Honda recalls 772,000 more vehicles over defective air bags

Georgia Honda owners should know that Honda Motor Co. is recalling 772,000 more Honda and Acura vehicles across the U.S. due to faulty front passenger seat air bag inflators. The inflators are made by Takata Corp.

The recall expansion, which was announced late on Jan. 10, brings the total number of recalled Honda vehicles to 1.29 million. Vehicles included in the recall include the 2005-2006 Acura MDX, 2009-2012 Acura TSX, 2011-2012 Acura TSX Wagon, 2008-2012 Honda Accord, 2006-2011 Honda Civic, 2007-2012 Honda Fit, 2010-2012 Honda Insight, 2005-2011 Honda CR-V and 2005-2011 Honda Element. Other vehicles covered in the recall include the 2010-2012 Acura ZDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2010-2012 Honda Crosstour, 2012 Honda FCX Clarity, 2005-2012 Honda Pilot and 2006-2012 Honda Ridgeline.

Takata, an auto parts supplier based in Japan, has been the focus of a massive recall for inflators that can explode during accidents, sending metal shrapnel into a vehicle's passenger compartment. The faulty inflators use ammonium nitrate to trigger a small explosion to inflate the air bags during a crash. Up to 16 deaths have been linked to the defective devices, and around 180 people have been injured. More than 100 million vehicles from 17 automakers have been recalled around the world. Of those, 69 million have been in the U.S.

Defective auto parts can cause severe injuries or death. Individuals who have been harmed by an automotive defect may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the vehicle manufacturer and/or the company that made the defective part. If successful, a victim could obtain an award that covers medical costs, pain and suffering and other related damages.

Source: FOX News, "Honda's air bag recall adds additional 772,000 vehicles," Jan. 11, 2017

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