US safety agency opens investigation into Honda Accords; air bags may not inflate in crash

Markets Associated Press

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating reports that air bags on some older Honda Accords may not inflate in a crash.

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The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 384,000 cars from the 2008 model year.

The agency says it received 19 consumer complaints that the air bag control computer failed.

In one case, a driver was injured in a front crash when the air bags didn't inflate. Several people complained that the computer had to be replaced to fix the problem.

The agency says the malfunction causes the air bag warning light to illuminate on the dashboard and disables the air bags until repairs are made. Investigators will look into how often the problem happens and decide if a recall is needed.