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Safety fears spark Honda recall

A 2001 Honda Civic
Some Honda Civics are being recalled over safety fears

Japanese carmaker Honda has announced it is recalling 440,000 vehicles in the US due to an airbag defect.

One fatality and a number of injuries have been linked to the defect, Honda said. The carmaker had already recalled some models last November.

The recall includes some of the company's best-selling Accord and Civic models from 2001 and 2002.

The carmaker said it would contact customers and arrange for the airbag to be replaced free of charge.

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