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Wednesday, 10th February 2010
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Further recalls for Honda cars

Japanese car manufacturer Honda has announced another recall, this time to do with concerns over the function of some of its airbags.

The firm has called back some 430,000 cars after fears that the bags could potentially explode and shoot out pieces of metal that can cause serious injury.

According to the firm, it has knowledge of 12 incidents involving the airbag fault, with one person killed by the problem. All of the incidents took place some time ago, it noted, with no incidents since 2009.

"We have concluded that we cannot be completely certain that the driver's airbag inflator in the vehicles being added to the recall at this time will perform as designed," the firm said.

Japan's car industry has been much in the limelight recently, with both Honda and the world's biggest car maker - Toyota - recalling millions of cars between them over several faults, including problems with electric windows, foot well mats and accelerators.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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