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Recall: At least 3.4 million cars from 6 automakers for faulty airbags

Airbag inflators on BMWs, Hondas, Mazdas, Nissans, Pontiacs and Toyotas built between 2000 and 2004 may rupture and cause injuries.

By Exhaust Notes Apr 11, 2013 5:39AM
In a rare supplier-side rippling effect, six automakers are issuing the same recall to fix at least 3.4 million cars due to defective airbags shipped from the Japanese supplier Takata Corp.

Certain Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, BMW and Pontiac models have front passenger airbags with inflators that could rupture and injure occupants during a crash. Honda said the airbags could deploy with too much pressure and cause the casing of the inflator to break apart. Toyota said there could also be a fire risk, which, as we've seen from counterfeit airbags built in China, is plausible.

According to wire reports and emails to MSN Autos, 1.73 million Toyotas, 1.14 million Hondas, 480,000 Nissans, 45,463 Mazdas, 55,000 Pontiacs and an unknown number of BMWs are being recalled, although the exact numbers are still being finalized.

Takata's U.S. division could not be reached for comment.

Within the U.S., Toyota is recalling about 170,000 cars built between 2001 and 2003, including the Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus SC 430. Honda is recalling 561,000 cars, including the 2001-2003 Civic, 2002-2003 CR-V and 2002 Odyssey.

Nissan is recalling about 480,000 vehicles worldwide, including 265,367 in the U.S. The 2001-2003 Maxima, Pathfinder, Sentra, Infiniti I35 and Infiniti QX4 are among the affected U.S. models.

Mazda said it was recalling just 149 cars in the U.S., including the 2003-2004 6 sedan and the 2004 RX-8, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

General Motors said it was recalling 55,000 Pontiac Vibe models from the 2003 model year (the Vibe was built by Toyota and shared the Matrix platform). No other GM vehicles are affected.

According to a filing with NHTSA on Thursday, Takata said manufacturing problems at its Washington state and Mexican plants between 2000 and 2001 could cause the inflators to "deteriorate over time." The problems included machines that were not set to automatically reject defective components and propellants that may have been exposed to excess moisture.

Takata said it discovered the problem in October 2011 after an airbag inflator ruptured in Japan and when another ruptured a month later in the U.S. In total, the company said it knew of 12 incidents involving faulty airbags, including six that deployed on cars in Japanese junkyards.

NHTSA said that it was not aware of any related deaths or injuries and that it had not previously opened an investigation.

This airbag recall is Takata's largest single recall since 1995, when about 9 million cars were built with potentially faulty seatbelts. In 2010, Honda had to recall more than 437,000 cars to fix faulty airbags also supplied by Takata.

Honda said it would begin the recall in late May, while Toyota and other automakers did not give a date. Owners can visit and for more information. The airbag inflator will be inspected and replaced.

UPDATE, 4/12 10:05 a.m. EST: Nissan has announced the total recall to be about 480,000 cars.

UPDATE, 11:35 a.m. EST: This story has been updated to include details from Takata, NHTSA, GM and BMW.

[Source: Toyota, Honda, Bloomberg, Automotive News, NBC News]
Apr 11, 2013 7:17AM
My Toyota Corolla was recalled and has been in the shop since March 12th...I think they should just go ahead and replace my car since it appears that no parts or components are available.
Apr 11, 2013 7:32AM
BMW & HONDA use the same parts  well well
Apr 11, 2013 6:44AM
were not these cars once your best value ?
Apr 11, 2013 6:46AM
Foreign cars are good they American!
Apr 11, 2013 7:01AM

Any car could be subject to a recall. No company is immune.


Which cars are foreign and whcih are domestic?


Third the quality differance between cars are shrinking. All cars are getting better.

the differance bwtween 10% defect and 1% is large. The differance between 1% and 0.1% not so much

the differance between 0.1%  and .01%. Nondetecable.

Apr 11, 2013 7:48AM

IS there A N Y T H I N G  else that can go wrong with BMW .  Mine has cost me about   $6000

in  REPAIRS alone to the tune of TRANSFER CASE,  $3000 grand , axle,  the SAME door window THREE times in 4 years  at $ 600. apeice,  wind sheild wiper moter  TWICE for $500. a crack.  O sensors, door trim a thousand times at $100 bucks a peice  AND  NOW  they say transmissions are not so great.  I absolutely LOVE my car but, as amy mechanic if the would own one -- there should be a recall  on BMW  period!!!!!!!!!!!   Everyone I know with a BMW has the same issues - I seriously dont thinks it is by coincidence being that BMW has  full part royalties !!!!  Interesting !


                                           You are right ---  B U Y       A M E R I C A N  !!!   Feed your own family here

                                                                      in the UNITED STATES !!!

Apr 11, 2013 10:02AM
Still boggles me how Toyota/Honda can continue to over and over win awards from Consumer Reports, or any auto magazine for quality/reliability?? Once again what people fail to understand is there is a huge difference between ASSEMBLED in American and BUILT in America.  Dig deeper and you will not like what you will find with these transplant auto facilities.  Their automation is foreign,  Support engineering/techs, foreign, spare parts foreign.   Parts suppliers, foreign.  Many of the parts are shipped here from overseas to assemble, not build.  Demand American products and services, it is in your best interest and financial future to do so.  
Apr 12, 2013 2:19AM
I'll bet Consumer Report still ranks Toyota #1.  I own a 13 year old Ford Ranger and a 2012 Ford Escape.  My son owns a 2003 Ford Explorer and a 2005 Ford Edge and none of these have ever been recalled.  Wake up America!  Every car company has an occasional recall but, Toyota is out doing everyone.  Stop reading Consumer Report and start using your brain.
Apr 11, 2013 8:22AM



No GM, Ford, or Chrysler!!!


What the hell is going on?


...guess all of the so call auto experts don't know jack when they say Americans don't want to work or Americans can't build quality because we are obsessed with making more money.

Apr 12, 2013 1:31AM

Fellow Americans, this is america, please purchase and support american cars!

Apr 11, 2013 8:32AM
No cars seem immune these days. It's ironic that they say cars are safer now than ever, when safety related recalls are at an all time high.
Apr 11, 2013 12:36PM

ok, lets be honest,,,any real car guy will admit that the Japanese car makers, in the 70s, 80s kicked our **** in reliabilty, and it finally forced Detroit to eventually make a good car,..built a better mouse-trap...:), but before  get jumped on...i'm an it or get the   out, but I call a spade a spade


Apr 11, 2013 3:55PM
My old '88 Mustang GT, 5 speed stick shift + posi: It is getting older by the minute: HAD to hot wire the electric fuel pump so IT would work; had to by-pass all the 'safety' SH_T with a button that hot wires the starter.  So I went looking for a replacement with power but decent mileage.  Guess what I found?  A 2002 'cherry' Chevrolet Camaro z28 S S (Super-Sport) with an injected 350 V-8 LS1 Corvette engine, aluminum heads, roller cam, 6 speed manual trans., 3.42 posi rear end and get this: It gets 17 mpg around town and 26-27 on the highway thanks to the two overdrive gears!!  My Toyota Corolla's 4 banger only got 28 mpg!! And our '84 NISSAN/DATSUN 300ZX got 15 around town and 23 on the freeway with an injected 6-banger.   Before YOU get a cheap KIA or HYUNDAI or DIHATSU or _____ whatever, check out the used Camaros:  They have power to be 'fast' and they get decent mileage. I was ORIGINALLY going to get the V6 but it didn't get but 1 mpg better than the V8.  RRrrrrrroooooooom.     ( That''s me leaving)  And SLAM (that was the door.)
Apr 11, 2013 2:41PM
Like I said many times there are NO American cars or Imports...all autos are made of parts from all over the world..Some Imports assembled  and made here in the US. Some American cars are made and assembled over seas., and many American car manufacturers own parts of the Import car companies .No such thing as all AMERICAN and all auto companies...ALL HAVE RECALLS
Apr 11, 2013 10:37AM



1.73 MILLION Toyota`s, 1.14 million Honda`s, 480,000 Nissan`s, 45,463 Mazda's, and this is just in the US!


Takata's U.S. division could not be reached for comment, but frosty and Consumer Reports will by recommending their favorites the very next chance they get.

Apr 11, 2013 8:44AM
If you did not notice most of these cars are assembled in the United States now

Apr 15, 2013 6:20AM
Some of the people in here should be as passionate about defending their own country as they are about defending Japan.  I love when they say that Americans can't make anything.  Aren't THEY Americans?
Apr 11, 2013 6:56AM
Ford Focus was just rated as the number one car sold in america. I own not buy, they have a major issue with clutch or transmission.  When you start to go the car shutters or slips gears.  Looking on the web thousands are having the same issue. What does Ford say..." It's suppose to do that, the computer needs to set to your driving patterns" Oh ya? I've taking it in twice and finally got a true response. "We know it's an issue and Ford is doing nothing about it".  i was told as well as the hundred thousand others.  You have to take it in and make sure to complain and have them write down every time what is going on with the car. After four visits it falls under the lemon law.  many are filing suits because of this issue.
Apr 12, 2013 11:48AM

I had a 2006 Subaru Outback XT Limited that would rock side-to-side so violently it would start to go out of control...dry road under cruise conditions ! DEATH TRAP...should have been recalled/banned from sale !

Check out Unloaded it to CarMax  LOL

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