Honda, Nissan, Mazda Recall 3 Million Defective Airbags

Honda, Nissan, Mazda, have recalled almost three million cars due to an airbag problem. (Duane Burleson/Associated Press)
Honda, Nissan, Mazda, have recalled almost three million cars due to an airbag problem. (Duane Burleson/Associated Press)

Nissan, Mazda and Honda are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode during a crash.

No accidents have been reported related to the recalls, but the three companies say it’s a precautionary move.

Honda Motor Co. recalled 2.03 million vehicles, including 1.02 million in North America and nearly 669,000 in Japan. It said they were manufactured between 2000 and 2005.

That came on top of a million vehicles Honda recalled last year for similar Takata airbag problems.

Nissan Motor Co. recalled 755,000 vehicles globally manufactured from 2001 through 2003, while Mazda Motor Corp. recalled nearly 160,000 vehicles manufactured from 2002 through 2004.

Like Honda, both companies announced recalls last year, but in smaller numbers.

Starting last August, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says it started getting complaints about airbag failures in two areas — Puerto Rico and Florida — with high humidity. Since then, the agency began investigating whether Takata inflators made after 2002 are prone to fail, and whether driving in high humidity contributes to the risk of air bag explosions.

Takata said it believes some problematic inflators were supplied to BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota for vehicles sold in the United States.

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SOURCE: CBC News

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