By Jonathan Davies

Honda has reported a 20% rise in profits for the first quarter after seeing strong sales in the US.

The Japanese car manufacturer posted profit of 186bn yen ($1.5bn; £960m) in the three months to the end of June. It was a rise from 155.6bn yen in the same period last year and beat expectations of 145.7bn yen.

Sales were up 15.5% to 3.7tn yen following a 27% increase in the US.

Honda recalled a further 4.5 million vehicles earlier this month over faulty airbags. It has been one of the worst affected manufacturers by the potentially deadly fault, recalling nearly 25 million cars since 2008.

So far seven people have been killed in Honda vehicles fitted by the fault Takata airbags.

"There is a possibility that Honda will need to recognize (sic) additional provisions when new evidence related to product recalls arise," Honda said in a statement.

"However, it is not possible for Honda to reasonably estimate the amount and timing of potential future losses as of the date of this report."