Four Japanese automakers are recalling a combined 3.4 million vehicles globally, led by Toyota, who is seeing the 2nd recall of over 1 million vehicles since January of this year.
The recall is due to a malfunctioning airbag inflator, which can deploy abnormally during a crash. The defective airbag components can cause a fire and propel loose fragments on the passenger side.
Parts manufacturer Takata Corp. is the supplier of the airbag parts, which were installed into Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda vehicles.
In an accident, the airbag for a front passenger may not inflate properly. As a result, there is a risk of fires starting and injury due to metal fragments flying toward the passenger’s foot well.
Globally, over 3.4 million vehicles are being recalled:
- Toyota: 1.73 million
- Honda: 1.14 million
- Nissan: 480,000
- Mazda: 45,000
The recall covers early 2000s models of the Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla, as well as the Nissan Maxima and Honda Civic, although the Camry is not being recalled in the United States.
In the US, vehicles involved in the recall include the Corolla and Corolla Hybrid, and well as the Sequoia and Tundra. The Lexus SC 430 is also on the recall docket.
This is the 2nd time in 2013 that Toyota has recalled over 1 million vehicles. In January, it recalled 1.3 million vehicles, including 752,000 units in the U.S.
In 2012 Toyota recalled 7.43 million in October followed by 2.77 in November.
Hondas being affected by the recall include the Civic, CR-V and Odyssey. Mazdas affected by the recall include the Mazda 6 and RX-8 models.
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