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If you own a Honda Accord—and there are plenty of you out there, it being a longtime mid-size sedan favorite—there’s a small chance that your airbag might detonate with an unpleasant bonus: some shrapnel.
In some isolated incidents in specific Hondas and Acuras made earlier this decade, inflators can over-pressurize the airbag, causing the inflator itself to rupture and projecting metal fragments that could puncture the airbag material.
“Metal fragments could pass through the cloth airbag cushion material, possibly causing an injury or fatality,” Honda states in a release.
A Honda spokesman told CNNMoney.com last week that the defect has caused six known injuries and one known death so far.
The airbag-related recall is an expansion of one initiated in November 2008 and now affects about 440,000 vehicles in all, including some 2001-2002 Honda Accords, 2002-2003 Acura TL, and 2001 Honda Civic models.
Visit this link for Honda owners or this one for Acura owners for more information specific to your VIN (vehicle identification number), or consult with the federal government for general recall info on these recalls or those concerning other vehicles.