Honda expands passenger air bag recall nationwide, adds a million Civics and Accords

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Honda is adding more than a million of its most popular vehicles to a growing recall for air bags that can inflate with too much force.

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The company said Monday it's expanding a previous recall of passenger air bag inflators from high-humidity states to the entire nation. That will add just over a million 2001 to 2005 Civics and 2003 to 2007 Accords to the recall.

Two weeks ago Honda said it would recall about 350,000 of the cars in high humidity areas. But it added more Civics and Accords after U.S. safety regulators required a national recall.

Air bags made by Takata Corp. can send shrapnel into drivers and passengers. The problem has been blamed for at least seven deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide.