Honda, Nissan, Mazda recall 2.8 million cars over faulty airbag

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Tokyo, Japan (4E) – Japanese carmakers announced Monday the recall of nearly 2.8 million Honda, Nissan and Mazda cars due to their faulty airbags.

Honda Motor Co. is recalling 2.03 million Fit (or Jazz in the U.K.), Stream, CRV, Civic and nine other models, according to company spokesman Akemi Ando. About 1 million of the recalled vehicles are in North America and includes Civics, CR-Vs, Odysseys and Elements built between 2000 and 2002.

Nissan Motor Co. is recalling 755,000 cars, including 228,000 Infiniti FX35, Pathfinder and Cube cars in North America. The Terrano, Sylphy and 11 other models are also part of the recall.

Mazda Motor Corp. recalled 159,807 vehicles, Takashi Goto, a spokesman for the carmaker, said Monday, according to Bloomberg. About 15,000 of them are in North America and they include RX-8 and early Mazda6 sedans.

The recalls were made to fix airbags, which could contain defective inflator propellants. It followed notification by the airbag maker, Takata Corp., that faulty inflators may have gone undetected during the manufacturing of the bags in plants in North America. Takata issued a public apology over the recall and promised to its quality control to prevent future defects.

It was also defective Takata airbag inflators that prompted Toyota to recall 3 million cars and Honda to recall 1.14 million cars in April last year.

It was the ninth recall of Takata airbags on Honda cars since 2008. The defective airbags caused two fatal accidents in 2009.

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