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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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Chinese Students' "Absurd" Protest Against COVID Lockdowns: Public Crawling

While street demonstrations have spread in China to protest the strict Zero-COVID regulations, some Chinese university students have taken up public acts of crawling to show what extended harsh lockdowns are doing to their mental state.

​Screenshot of a video showing Chinese students crawling on a soccer pitch

Screenshot of a video showing Chinese students crawling

Shuyue Chen

Since last Friday, the world has watched a wave of street protests have taken place across China as frustration against extended lockdowns reached a boiling point. But even before protesters took to the streets, Chinese university students had begun a public demonstration that challenges and shames the state's zero-COVID rules in a different way: public displays of crawling, as a kind of absurdist expression of their repressed anger under three years of strict pandemic control.

Xin’s heart was beating fast as her knees reached the ground. It was her first time joining the strange scene at the university sports field, so she put on her hat and face mask to cover her identity.

Kneeling down, with her forearms supporting her body from the ground, Xin started crawling with three other girls as a group, within a larger demonstration of other small groups. As they crawled on, she felt the sense of fear and embarrassment start to disappear. It was replaced by a liberating sense of joy, which had been absent in her life as a university student in lockdown for so long.

Yes, crawling in public has become a popular activity among Chinese university students recently. There have been posters and videos of "volunteer crawling" across universities in China. At first, it was for the sake of "fun." Xin, like many who participated, thought it was a "cult-like ritual" in the beginning, but she changed her mind. "You don't care about anything when crawling, not thinking about the reason why, what the consequences are. You just enjoy it."

The reality out there for Chinese university students has been grim. For Xin, her university started daily COVID-19 testing in November, and deliveries, including food, are banned. Apart from the school gate, all exits have been padlock sealed.

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