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recalled an additional 378,758 vehicles in the U.S. to replace the driver's airbag inflator because it may deploy with too much pressure, causing the inflator casing to rupture resulting in injury or fatality.

The expanded recall takes the tally to more than 826,000 Honda and Acura vehicles covered by a series of airbag system recalls that began in 2008.

The first stage of the recall covered fewer than 4,000 vehicles in the U.S. It was later expanded to roughly 440,000 vehicles in July 2009.

The affected airbag systems are found primarily in 2001 and 2002 Accords, Civics, Odysseys, CR-Vs and certain Acura models from those years.

Honda said it's aware of 12 incidents related to this issue as of this month. It will begin notifying drivers this month.

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An additional 17,000 cars were recalled in Japan, Australia and other parts of Asia.

Honda's recall isn't related to the ongoing recall of cars by


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for floor mat problems or sticking gas pedals. On Tuesday,


said it was recalling its popular hybrid Prius because of braking problems.

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