Four Japanese auto makers recall 3M cars

Cars have air bag problems

Four Japanese auto makers are recalling more than three million cars across the globe due to air bag problems.

Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda said the majority of the recall affects cars in North America.

Toyota says 1.73 million vehicles worldwide (580,000 in North America) will be recalled, including certain Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus SC 430 models made between 2001 and 2003.

Honda says 1.14 million vehicles worldwide (561,000 in the United States) are subject to recall, including certain 2001-2003 model Civics, 2002-2003 CR-Vs and 2002 Odysseys.

A Nissan USA spokesman tells NPR that 480,000 vehicles made by the company worldwide (265,367 in the United States) will be recalled — including the U.S. model year 2000-2003 Nissan Maxima, Infiniti FX, Infiniti QX4, Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Sentra. The spokesman says Nissan is unaware of any incidents involving the airbags in its own vehicles and that the recall was prompted by a "handful of incidents" in competitors' vehicles.

The cars have an identical problem with passenger-side air bags. The device's inflator may burst and send pieces of plastic flying into the car.

 

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