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Honda underreported 1,729 deaths and injuries

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Honda failed to report 1,729 serious accidents resulting in injuries or deaths to U.S. safety regulators.

The company knew about the accidents that took place between 2003 and 2014 but did not report them.

Honda blamed data entry and computer programming errors for the mistake in a regulatory filing Monday.

Automakers are required to report any death or injury claims to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on a quarterly basis. The safety regulator keeps track of such incidents to help unearth a potential safety defect.

The news comes as Honda finds itself at the center of a recall involving 10 automakers, including Ford, GM and Toyota.

The recall stem from the deadly Takata airbags, which can explode and hit passengers with shrapnel. Honda has recalled more than six million cars worldwide for the problem.

Eight of the 1,729 accidents that Honda failed to report to NHTSA involved Takata airbags.

The mistakes have come to light after NHTSA asked Honda to conduct an internal review of its reporting process.

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