Honda expands air bag recall in southern states

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DETROIT (AP) — Honda is adding hundreds of thousands of vehicles to a previously announced recall for passenger air bags that can explode with too much force, sending shards of metal into the passenger compartment.

The vehicles include older versions of the company’s three most popular models, the Accord, Civic and CR-V, with air bag systems made by troubled parts supplier Takata Corp.

Honda Motor Co. was already repairing the vehicles under a safety improvement campaign. The expanded recall announced Thursday night brings the vehicles under supervision of U.S. safety regulators.

Honda says a precise number of vehicles being added isn’t available.

The vehicles were sold or registered in 13 high-humidity states and territories. Humidity can cause the air bag propellant to burn too fast and blow apart metal canisters.

Models in the latest recall include the 2003-2005 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2002-2005 CR-V, 2003-2004 Element, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2005 Pilot, 2006 Ridgeline, 2003-2005 Acura MDX and 2005 Acura RL.

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