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Millions Of Japanese Cars Recalled Over Airbag Faults

BLOOMBERG, AP

Worldcrunch

TOKYO - The global auto industry faces another major recall crisis after defective airbags have forced Japanese carmakers Toyota, Honda, Mazda and Nissan Motor to call back more than 3 million vehicles.

A spokesman for Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp revealed the airbag malfunction on Thursday, blaming it on "human errors." The statement caused the company stocks to plummet 15%, Bloomberg reports.

The defect – plastic shards propelled as the airbag pops out -- was first pointed out by Toyota after five series of tests in the U.S. and Japan.

No injuries have been reported related to the problem.


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Toyota airbag Photo: Kojach

Toyota is the company taking the biggest hit, recalling 1.7 million cars around the world, with 1.1 million Honda vehicles, 480,000 for Nissan and 45,000 for Mazda, stated AP.

The recall is another blow to Toyota, which already suffered massive recalls back in 2009 and 2010 due to other faulty car parts.

Here is a list of the models – assembled between 2000 and 2004 - affected:

Toyota: Vorolla, Tundra, Lexus SC.

Honda: Civic, CR-V, Odyssey.

Nissan: Cube, X-Trail, Maxima, Teana.

Mazda: RX-8, Mazda 6.

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