Japan’s Automakers Recall 3.4 Million Cars

Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda said early Thursday that they will recall a combined 3.4 million vehicles worldwide to fix airbag inflators that could cause front passenger airbags to deploy abnormally during a crash.Toyota says the inflators can rupture, thus preventing the airbag from inflating properly.Toyota’s recall of 1.73 million vehicles includes 580,000 units in North America and 490,000 units in Europe.

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Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda said early Thursday that they will recall a combined 3.4 million vehicles worldwide to fix airbag inflators that could cause front passenger airbags to deploy abnormally during a crash.

Toyota says the inflators can rupture, thus preventing the airbag from inflating properly.

Toyota’s recall of 1.73 million vehicles includes 580,000 units in North America and 490,000 units in Europe. Among the models affected are Corolla compacts, Matrix small crossovers and Camry midsize sedans built between November 2000 and March 2004.

Honda is recalling more than 1.1 million vehicles. Nissan and Mazda say they must fix about 480,000 and 45,000 vehicles, respectively.

Most of the affected vehicles are from the 2001-2003 model years. The companies say they are aware of several incidents involving airbags that deployed with too much force but know of no injuries or fatalities.

Tokyo-based safety systems supplier Takata Corp., which made the defective inflators, says most were produced between 2000 and 2002.