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Honda, Mazda and Nissan recall millions of cars for faulty airbags

The recall follows a similar recall issued last year for the same defect, which led to airbags rupturing and injuring passengers.
By Ananth Baliga Follow @antbaliga Contact the Author   |   June 23, 2014 at 7:42 AM
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TOKYO, June 23 (UPI) -- Honda, Mazda and Nissan joined the recall bandwagon by recalling a total of 2.9 million cars with faulty airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp.

The companies said the worldwide recall involves faulty airbags that could rupture into fragments and injure passengers. Honda said it will recall around 2 million vehicles, and fellow Japanese manufacturers Nissan and Mazda are recalling 755,000 and 160,000 cars respectively.

Of the 2 million vehicles recalled by Honda, including the popular Civic and Accord models, 1.02 million are in North America. Nissan recalled 22,800 Nissan and Infinity cars and Mazda recalled 15,000 vehicles in the continent.

This is not the first time vehicles have been recalled due to the faulty airbags. Toyota recalled earlier this month a total of 2.27 million vehicles, including some that were recalled last year. The three Japanese manufacturers and BMW last year recalled a total of 3.6 million cars for same defect.

According to Haruo Otani, an official from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the defect is linked to moisture and humidity that could seep into the inflator affecting the volatile propellant inside.

Takata admitted this week that it had mismanaged the manufacturing and storing of the propellant at a plant in Mexico and had also failed to keep records of which vehicles were using the potentially defective air bags.

"We take this situation seriously, will strengthen our quality control, and make a concerted effort to prevent a recurrence," the company said.

When vehicles were recalled last April for the same defect, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that during a crash, "the inflater could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants."

The defect is currently being investigated by both Japanese and American regulators.

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