Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda recall: 3.4 million cars recalled due to airbag defects

HONG KONG -- Japanese automakers Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Mazda announced Thursday they are recalling around 3.4 million cars due to airbag defects.

Toyota recalled 1.7 million cars around the world, including some popular Corolla, Matrix and Camry models. Nissan recalled around 480,000 cars, while Mazda added another 45,000.

Honda, which is recalling more than 1.1 million autos, said the recall is necessary to replace passenger front airbag inflators.

"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," the company said in a statement.

Most of the recalled cars appeared to be from the 2001, 2002 and 2003 model years.

Honda said it was aware of one crash in which a passenger front airbag casing had ruptured after being deployed with too much pressure. The automaker said it was not aware of any injuries or deaths that may have resulted from the defect.

Toyota said it had reports of five airbag malfunctions, but no injuries.

Toyota spokeswoman Shino Yamada said the airbags in question were manufactured by Takata Corp., a Japan-based supplier.

Takata shares declined sharply after the recall was issued, at one point falling more than 15%.

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