Almost 3M Cars Recalled Over Exploding Airbags

Honda, Nissan, Mazda all expand earlier recalls

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 23, 2014 9:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – Honda, Mazda, and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode, though no accidents have been reported related to the recalls. Honda recalled 2.03 million vehicles for the airbag problem, including 1.02 million in North America and nearly 669,000 in Japan. It said they were manufactured between 2000 and 2005. That came on top of a million vehicles Honda recalled last year for similar Takata airbag problems.

Nissan recalled 755,000 vehicles globally manufactured from 2001 through 2003, while Mazda recalled nearly 160,000 vehicles manufactured from 2002 through 2004. Like Honda, both companies announced recalls last year, but in smaller numbers. Takata recently realized that the earlier recall had not included all of the problem airbags, the automakers said. Among the affected models: Fit, Element, CR-V, Cube, X-Trail, some Infiniti models, Atenza, and RX-8. Toyota announced an airbag recall earlier this month for 2.27 million vehicles, including some that were recalled last year. One fire was reported related to the defect, but no one was injured in that incident, Toyota said.

In this April 21, 2005 file photo, a model poses by a Honda's CR-V at Auto Shanghai 2005 exhibition in Shanghai, China.   (EugeneHoshiko)
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