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American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 257,616 Accord sedans because the driver's air bag may not deploy properly, federal regulators said Monday.

Accords from the 2004 and 2005 model years are involved in the recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. At least one person has alleged an injury due to the defect, according to NHTSA's records.

The air bag can tear while it's deploying and may not offer adequate protection. Owners will be able to get free repairs beginning Dec. 6.

NHTSA also said General Motors Corp. is recalling 178,798 Saturn Ion sedans because the daytime running lamps and front turn signals may stop working. No injuries have been reported due to the defect.

The recall involved Ions from the 2003 and 2004 model years and will begin Dec. 17.

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