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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Report: Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda all recalling 3.4 million vehicles total due to airbag supplier Takata Corp.


Reuters on behalf of AutomotiveNews has learned that Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, and Honda have issued a massive recall for nearly 3.4 million vehicles due to airbag supplier Takata Corp. The models seem affected seem to involve ones made in the early to mid 2000s.


Toyota is recalling 1.73 million cars made in between November 2000 and March 2004, with 580,000 of those vehicles in North America. Honda is reportedly recalling 1.14 million vehicles while Nissan are calling back 480,000 vehicles, and Mazda, 45,463.

In the US, the Toyota models affected are the Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra, and some Lexus SC430 models made in between 2001-2003.

The Honda models affected are the Civic, CR-V, and Odyssey, while Mazda is recalling 149 cars specifically in the United States. Only Mazda 6s and two RX-8s have been affected.

You can check out the full report by AutomotiveNews here and Toyota’s press release after the jump.
Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Vehicles for the Front Passenger Airbag
TORRANCE, Calif., April 11, 2013 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that it will conduct a safety recall involving approximately 170,000 front passenger airbag inflators installed in several vehicle models.

The involved vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers. Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash.

The vehicles involved include certain Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, and Tundra, and Lexus SC 430 models manufactured from 2001 – 2003. More precise vehicle information is being developed, but about 510,000 vehicles may have to be inspected to locate the suspect inflators.

Owners of vehicles subject to this safety recall will receive an owner notification letter by first class mail. The recall remedy will involve inspection of the front passenger air bag, and, if it is equipped with an affected inflator, the inflator will be replaced with a newly manufactured one at no charge to the owner.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall, the Toyota Customer Experience at 1 800-331-4331, www.lexus.com/recall and Lexus Customer Satisfaction (1 800-255-3987).

Statement by American Honda Regarding Passenger Front Airbag Inflator Recall: 2001-2003 Honda Civic; 2002-2003 Honda CR-V; 2002 Honda Odyssey 

TORRANCE, Calif., Honda will voluntarily recall approximately 426,000 model-year 2001-2003 Civic vehicles, approximately 43,000 CR-V vehicles from the 2002-2003 model years and approximately 92,000 model-year 2002 Odyssey vehicles in the United States to replace the passenger front airbag inflator. It is possible that the passenger front airbag inflators in affected vehicles may deploy with too much pressure, which may cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury. Honda is aware of one crash in which a passenger front airbag deployed with too much pressure, causing the casing to rupture. Honda is not aware of any injuries or deaths related to this issue. Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of all affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in late-May, 2013. In addition to contacting customers by mail, at that time, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.

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