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Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda Recall 3.4 million Vehicles Due to Airbag Problem

Airbag Recall

Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda are recalling nearly 3.4 million vehicles because of airbag problems.

Toyota said it was recalling about 1.73 million vehicles produced between November 2000 and March 2004, including 580,000 vehicles sold in North America and 490,000 vehicles sold in Europe.

The Toyota models covered by the recall include the Corolla, Tundra, Yaris and Camry.

Honda said it was recalling around 1.14 million vehicles worldwide. The Hondas being recalled are 2002-3 CR-V models, 2001-3 Civics, and 2002 Odyssey minivans.

Nissan Motor Co said it was recalling about 480,000 vehicles and said the number of vehicles under recall might increase. The Nissans in the U.S. being recalled are the 2000-4 Nissan Maxima, Infiniti FX, Infiniti QX4, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Sentra and the Cube.

Mazda Motor Co said it was recalling 45,500 vehicles worldwide which include the 2003-4 Mazda 6 and 2004 RX-8.

This is the largest recall ever for airbags made by Takata, the world's second largest supplier of airbags and seat belts. "We will fully cooperate with the carmakers in replacing the parts by sharing some cost burden," a spokesman said.

With the flawed airbags, during an accident, the airbag for the front passenger seat may not inflate correctly because of a manufacturing defect in the propellant used in the airbag inflator, the companies said. Because of this, there is a risk of fires starting or of passengers being injured.

In a news release Thursday, Honda said it was not aware of any injuries related to the airbag defect, but in 2011, Honda acknowledged 18 injuries and two deaths linked to two million vehicles recalled because of a problem with the driver’s air bag.

Toyota said it had received five reports of air bag problems, three in the U.S. and two in Japan, but there have been no injuries.

A statement issued by a Toyota spokesman in the US said: "The involved vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers. Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash."

Toyota will exchange the faulty airbag inflators for new ones, a fix that is expected to take about an hour to two-and-a-half hours for most models, Toyota's spokesperson said.

Japan carmakers to recall 3.4m cars over airbag defect

Japan's top four carmakers are recalling a total of 3.4 million cars over a defect in passenger airbags.

Toyota, which is recalling 1.73 million cars, said the vehicles had a defective part which "could cause the airbag inflator to rupture and deploy the airbag abnormally in a crash".

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