Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota recalling 3.4 million vehicles with Takata airbags

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 13, 2013

About 3.4 million vehicles throughout the world will be recalled because their passenger-side airbags, which were built by Japan’s Takata Corp., could catch fire and hurt occupants. These models are of different brands: Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota. There’s a possibility that these airbags won’t properly inflate or ignite since the inflator propellant mixture is faulty.

The vehicles covered by the recall were all made after 2000. Both Honda and Toyota have issued recalls in the past related to flawed Takata airbags. These airbags were manufactured in Mexico from 2000 to 2002. The dealerships will replace the passenger-side airbags on the affected vehicles for free. It takes about two to three hours to replace the airbags.

Honda said that this recall covers 426,000 2001-2003 Civics, 43,000 2002-2003 CR-Vs, and 92,000 2002 Odysseys offered in the U.S. Nissan is planning to recall 480,000 cars throughout the world. Of this figure, 265,367 units are in North America. Nissan cars that are affected include the 2001-2003 Maxima, Sentra, Pathfinder, and Infiniti QX4 and I35.

On the other hand, Toyota is preparing to recall 170,000 cars in the U.S., such as the 2001-2003 Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra, and Lexus SC430. Toyota said that it will probably have to examine up to 500,000 vehicles to determine if they have defective airbag inflators. Mazda said that it will announce the recall of around 20,000 cars throughout the world. Mazda models that are affected by this recall include two RX-8s and 147 Mazda 6s.

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