Toyota, Honda Recall 3.4M Vehicles in Airbag Failure

Nissan, Mazda are also involved

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 11, 2013 2:45 AM CDT | Updated Apr 11, 2013 5:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – An airbag issue is prompting Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mazda to recall some 3.4 million vehicles. Passenger-side airbag inflators are at risk of exploding and blasting out plastic pieces, the AP reports, while a rep for Japanese airbag maker Takata warns Reuters that driver-side airbags may fail to inflate. Takata launched the recall; it includes some non-Japanese automakers, a rep said. There haven't been any known injuries.

Toyota is recalling 1.73 million vehicles worldwide; 580,000 of those are in North America. The company will swap the problematic inflators with working ones. Corolla, Tundra, and Lexus SC models made between 2000 and 2004 are among those affected. Meanwhile, Honda is recalling some 1.14 million vehicles, including Civic and Odyssey models; Nissan is recalling some 480,000; and Mazda is calling back 45,500. Takata puts the total recall figure lower, at 2 million, Reuters notes.

In this March 30, 2011 photo, a portion of the Toyota logo is shown at Wilsonville Toyota, in Wilsonville, Ore.
In this March 30, 2011 photo, a portion of the Toyota logo is shown at Wilsonville Toyota, in Wilsonville, Ore.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mazda are issuing a massive 3.4 million-vehicle recall over faulty airbags.
Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mazda are issuing a massive 3.4 million-vehicle recall over faulty airbags.   (AP Photo/AmSafe Inc.)
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