Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota will collectively recall 3.4 million vehicles worldwide because their passenger-side airbags could catch fire or injure occupants. The airbags were produced by Japan's Takata Corp, Reuters reports, and may not inflate properly or may ignite because the inflator propellant mixture is incorrect.
All the affected vehicles were built after 2000, and both Honda and Toyota have previously issued recalls for defective Takata airbags. The defective airbags were built in Mexico between 2000 and 2002. All affected vehicles will have their passenger-side airbags replaced for free, a process that could take two to three hours.
Honda said the recall affects 426,000 2001-2003 Civics, 43,000 2002-2003 CR-Vs, and 92,000 2002 Odysseys sold in the U.S.
Nissan plans to recall 480,000 cars globally, of which 265,367 are in North America. Affected cars here comprise the 2001-2003 Maxima, Sentra, Pathfinder, and Infiniti QX4 and I35.
Toyota will recall 170,000 cars sold in the U.S., including the 2001-2003 Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra, and Lexus SC430. The company says it may have to inspect as many as 500,000 vehicles to check for other defective airbag inflators.
Mazda says it will recall about 20,000 cars worldwide. In the U.S., the recall affects two RX-8s and 147 Mazda 6s.
Sources: Reuters, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota