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Honda recalls 750,000 vehicles in USA; And US museum returns Ghana’s looted artifacts after 150 years

Honda recalls 750,000 vehicles in USA; And US museum returns Ghana’s looted artifacts after 150 years

Honda has announced a recall of about 750,000 vehicles in the US due to a defect in the airbag inflators. The recall affects certain models of the Accord, Civic, CR-V, Element, Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline from 2001 to 2011.

According to Honda, the airbag inflators may have been manufactured with an improper amount of propellant, which could cause them to deploy with excessive pressure and rupture the metal casing. This could result in metal fragments being sprayed into the vehicle interior and potentially injuring or killing the occupants.

Honda said it is aware of 29 incidents related to this issue, including two deaths in the US. The company said it will notify owners of affected vehicles by mail and instruct them to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer for inspection and replacement of the airbag inflators if necessary. The recall is expected to begin in late February.

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Honda has announced a massive recall of about 437,000 vehicles across the Americas due to a defect in the airbag inflators. The recall affects certain models of Honda and Acura vehicles manufactured between 2010 and 2015. The defect could cause the airbags to rupture and spray metal fragments into the vehicle, potentially injuring or killing the occupants. Honda said it is aware of three injuries and one death linked to this issue.

The recall is part of a larger global recall of Takata airbag inflators that have been blamed for at least 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide. Honda said it is also recalling about 437,000 vehicles in Canada, Mexico and Central and South America for the same issue. The company said it will notify the affected owners by mail and urge them to schedule an appointment with an authorized dealer as soon as possible. The dealer will replace the front passenger airbag inflator free of charge.

If you own a car that was manufactured between 2002 and 2015, you might want to check if it is affected by the largest automotive recall in history. Millions of vehicles from various brands are being recalled replacing faulty airbag inflators made by Takata, a Japanese supplier.

These inflators can explode with excessive force and spray metal shrapnel inside the cabin, causing serious injuries or even death to the occupants. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at least 24 people have died and hundreds more have been injured worldwide as a result of these defective airbags.

The recall process has been slow and complicated, as Takata went bankrupt in 2017 and was acquired by a Chinese-owned company. The NHTSA has been overseeing the recall and prioritizing the most at-risk vehicles based on factors such as age, location and exposure to humidity.

However, many consumers are still unaware of the recall or have not received a notification from their dealers. Some may also face delays in getting their airbags replaced due to parts shortages or logistical issues.

If you want to find out if your car is part of the recall, you can visit the NHTSA website and enter your vehicle identification number (VIN). You can also contact your dealer or manufacturer for more information.

Honda said it is committed to ensuring the safety and quality of its products and apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this recall.

US museum returns Ghana’s looted artifacts after 150 years

In a historic gesture of reconciliation, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., has announced that it will return 27 artifacts to Ghana that were looted by British soldiers during the colonial era.

The artifacts, which include gold jewelry, ceremonial swords, and musical instruments, were taken from the Asante Kingdom in 1874, after the British army invaded and burned the capital of Kumasi. The museum acquired the artifacts in 1964 from a private collector, who had bought them from a British auction house.

The decision to return the artifacts was made after a request from the Ghanaian government, which has been seeking the repatriation of its cultural heritage for decades. The museum said that it was motivated by its commitment to ethical stewardship and respect for the people of Ghana.

The museum also said that it hoped that the return of the artifacts would foster dialogue and collaboration between the two countries, as well as raise awareness about the history and significance of the Asante Kingdom.

The Asante Kingdom was one of the most powerful and influential states in West Africa from the 17th to the 19th centuries. It was known for its rich culture, art, and trade, as well as its resistance to colonial domination. The kingdom was eventually annexed by the British in 1901, after several wars and rebellions.

Many of its treasures were looted or destroyed by the colonial forces, while others were sold or donated to museums and private collectors around the world.

The return of the artifacts is expected to take place later this year, after the completion of legal and logistical procedures. The museum said that it would continue to work with Ghanaian authorities and experts to identify and document other items in its collection that may have been looted or acquired illegally.

The museum also said that it would support Ghana’s efforts to preserve and promote its cultural heritage, through exhibitions, research, education, and exchange programs.

The announcement was welcomed by Ghanaian officials and cultural activists, who praised the museum for its ethical leadership and goodwill. They said that the return of the artifacts would be a symbolic act of healing and justice, as well as an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the rich and diverse culture of Ghana.

They also expressed their hope that other museums and institutions around the world would follow suit and return other looted or stolen artifacts to their rightful owners.

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