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HONDA EXPANDS TAKATA AIR BAG RECALL

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Honda Motor Co. is recalling 772,000 additional Honda and Acura vehicles in the U.S. for defective front passenger seat air bag inflators made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp.  The company announced the expansion Tuesday, adding to the 1.29 million Honda and Acura vehicles previously recalled.

Takata airbags have been the subject of a massive recall because its inflators can explode during a crash and injure passengers by sending metal shrapnel into passenger compartments.  Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to cause a small explosion designed to inflate the air bags in a crash.  As many as 16 people have been killed worldwide and about 180 have been injured.

More than 100 million vehicles from 17 different automakers have been recalled worldwide because of the faulty air bags, including 69 million in the U.S. alone.  Because of the scope of the recalls, the replacements are going to take years.

Among the models recalled are the 2005-2006 Acura MDX, 2005-2012 Acura RL, 2008-2012 Honda Accord, 2006-2011 Honda Civic, 2007-2012 Honda Fit and 2010-2012 Honda Insight.  The recall also covers the 2009-2012 Acura TSX, 2011-2012 Acura TSX Wagon, 2010-2012 Acura ZDX, 2010-2012 Honda Crosstour, 2005-2011 Honda CR-V, 2005-2011 Honda Element, 2012 Honda FCX Clarity, 2005-2012 Honda Pilot and 2006-2012 Honda Ridgeline.