1.2m Hondas recalled off roads throughout the Americas

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Honda owners are expected to be told to take their vehicles to dealers to have the inflators replaced.

Honda will be recalling about 1 million older vehicles in the USA and Canada because the Takata driver's air bag inflators that were installed during previous recalls could be risky.

At least 15 drivers and passengers in the USA have died and more than 250 people have been injured because of the airbag inflators, NHTSA says.

Takata used the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the air bags.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said drivers should check their recall status at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls, noting that not all Honda and Acura vehicles that have received replacement air bags under recalls are affected by the latest recall.

Honda became aware of the issue after a Honda Odyssey crash, where the front airbag deployed and injured the driver's arm.

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The Honda models being recalled include 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Honda Civic, 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 Honda CR-V, 2003-2011 Honda Element, 2007 Honda Fit, 2002-2004 Honda Odyssey, 2003-2008 Honda Pilot, and 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline.

Honda said in a statement that owners will be notified by mail in early April, but replacement parts from manufacturers other than Takata are available to begin the recall immediately. In early February 2019, Honda Ridgeline vehicles were recalled for catching fire when going through a auto wash.

ReutersA recalled Takata airbag inflator is shown after it was removed at the AutoNation Honda dealership service department in Miami, Florida June 25, 2015.

Under the terms of an agreement with the agency, Takata has until the end of this year to prove that inflators with the moisture-absorbing chemical are safe or they all will have to be recalled.

More than 290 injuries worldwide have been linked to Takata inflators that could explode, spraying metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks.

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