US probing Honda Accords for air bag problem

A 2003 Honda Odyssey is shown in an undated Honda Motor Company file photo. U.S. safety regulators have added about 320,000 older model Honda Odyssey minivans to a widening probe of faulty air bags that affects at least three automakers and more than 2 million vehicles. Front air bags on the Honda Motor Co. minivans from the 2003 and 2004 model years can inflate without a crash, possibly injuring drivers and passengers. (AP Photo/Honda Motor Company, File)
A 2003 Honda Odyssey is shown in an undated Honda Motor Company file photo. U.S. safety regulators have added about 320,000 older model Honda Odyssey minivans to a widening probe of faulty air bags that affects at least three automakers and more than 2 million vehicles. Front air bags on the Honda Motor Co. minivans from the 2003 and 2004 model years can inflate without a crash, possibly injuring drivers and passengers. (AP Photo/Honda Motor Company, File)

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the side air bags on some Honda Accords can inflate when the front doors are closed.

The probe covers about 363,000 of the popular midsize cars from the 2008 model year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 28 drivers have complained about the problem. Two people reported injuries.

Investigators will determine how often the problem happens and whether a recall is needed.

Honda says in a statement that it will cooperate with NHTSA on the probe and will continue its own review.

In many of the complaints, owners reported having to pay thousands of dollars to fix the problem. One owner reported in July that the side air bags inflated when his son closed the passenger door, causing a scrape on his right forearm.

“This is clearly a safety issue,” the owner said in the complaint.

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