WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Honda is recalling another 440,000 vehicles because of a driver's side airbag defect.

The recall covers certain 2001 and 2002 Accords, 2001 Civics and some 2002 and 2003 model Acura TL sedans, Reuters reported.

If an affected airbag deploys, increased internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Metal fragments could pass through the air bag cushion material, possibly causing injury to vehicle occupants. 

Honda spokesman Sage Marie told Reuters that one fatality and a number of injuries have been linked to the defect. Honda originally announced it would recall some 2001 Accord and Civic sedans because of the defect. The new notice adds another 440,000 vehicles to the recall.

Dealers will replace the airbag inflator free of charge. 

For more information, visit www.owners.honda.com/recalls or call Honda customer service at (800) 999-1009.