Honda is recalling 304,000 of its 2001-02 Accord, Civic, Odyssey, Pilot, CR-V and other models for air bags that might inflate with too much pressure in a crash, send metal and plastic pieces flying and cause injuries or deaths.
Honda said there have been 20 accidents so far related to this problem, including two deaths in the U.S. in 2009.
The recall is an expansion of recalls for the problem in 2008, and carried out in 2009 and last year. The recall now covers about 2 million vehicles worldwide, according to Tokyo-based Honda.
Spokesman Hajime Kaneko said the cause for the latest recall was the use of incorrect material in the chemical used to deploy air bags. The initial cause of the recall was excessive moisture in the inflator propellant, which is part of what inflates the air bag.
The Subaru recall involves nearly 32,000 of its 2012 Legacy, Outback and Impreza models. A defective brake master cylinder could cause the brake pedal to travel farther than expected. Federal safety regulators say this could cause a driver to misjudge pressure needed to stop quickly.
The recall does not include WRX/STI models of Impreza.
Honda and Subaru customers will be told to take their cars to dealers for an inspection. If necessary, the parts will be replaced. The Subaru recall will begin this month, while the Honda recall is expected to start in early January.
Nissan Motor Co. said it is recalling more than 7,000 of its 2011 Rogue crossover vehicles in the U.S. because the electric power steering can fail. The circuit boards controlling the power steering might not have been installed correctly.
– Associated Press