TORRANCE, CA -- Honda has expanded a previous recall of certain 2001-2003 model-year Honda and Acura vehicles, so that dealers can replace the driver's airbag inflator originally installed in approximately 273,000 additional vehicles sold in the U.S. 

The driver's airbag inflators covered in the recall run the risk of deploying with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to rupture. This could result in injury or fatality.

Separately, Honda has also determined that approximately 640 affected driver's airbag service parts were sold for installation in vehicles for collision repair or other vehicle service. Because there’s no way to identify all the specific vehicles that have received the affected service parts, Honda will inspect approximately 603,000 additional vehicles and replace those parts as necessary.

This recall now includes certain 2001-2002 model-year Accord, 2001-2003 model-year Civic, 2001-2003 model-year Odyssey, 2002-2003 model-year CR-V, 2003 model-year Pilot, 2002-2003 model-year Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 model-year Acura 3.2 CL vehicles.

Notification to the expanded group of customers will begin later this month.