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Fatal Houston Fender-Bender Shows Shortcomings of Recalls

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By the time Carlos Solis IV laid eyes on the silver Honda Accord in a Texas used-car lot last April, the sedan had changed hands twice, been in at least two crashes and still had a defective air bag that had been recalled three years earlier.

Honda Motor Co. said it has been aggressively trying to contact vehicle owners such as Solis to get their air bags repaired, but it hadn’t reached out to him.