U.S. probes airbag complaints in 2008 Honda Accords

DETROIT (Reuters) -- Federal safety officials said today they are investigating complaints that side airbags on some 2008 Honda Accords can deploy inadvertently.

The preliminary evaluation, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Defects Investigation, covers an estimated 363,000 Accord mid-size cars.

NHTSA said it had received 28 complaints about the issue. Two injuries have been reported. A preliminary evaluation by the agency can lead to a recall.

American Honda Motor Co. said it will "cooperate with the NHTSA through the investigation process and will continue our own internal review."

Honda launched 15 recalls last year in the U.S., totalling2.77 vehicles, which ranked third behind Toyota Motor Corp. and Chrysler Group LLC, according to NHTSA data released on Monday.

Automotive News staff contributed to this report.