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Following last months news that Honda, Toyota and Nissan cars are being recalled in New Zealand, Honda has added more vehicles to the growing recall for air bags that can explode with too much force.

The company said it's expanding a previous recall of passenger air bag inflators from high-humidity states in the USA to the entire country. That will add just over a million 2001 to 2005 Civics and 2003 to 2007 Accords to the recall. The two sedans are Honda's No. 2 and No. 3 sellers so far this year in the US.

Two weeks ago Honda said it would recall about 350,000 of the cars in high humidity areas. But the recall was expanded after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demanded that it be done nationally. A driver's side recall already is being done across the nation.

The ammonium nitrate propellant in air bag inflators made by Takata can burn too quickly, blowing apart a metal canister and sending shrapnel into drivers and passengers. The problem has been blamed for at least seven deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide.

So far Honda has recalled about 21 million vehicles across the globe because of the potentially defective inflators. The company is Takata's biggest customer.

source: NZ Herald

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