Japanese car makers Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda said on Thursday that more than three million cars will be recalled worldwide due to malfunctions of passenger-side airbags.
Toyota is recalling 1.73 million vehicles that were made between November 2000 and March 2004 in Japan and other countries. About 170,000 cars out of the total are recalled in the United States, according to the company’s spokesman.
“The involved vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers. Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front-passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash,” according to the company’s statement.
The company’s spokesman in Japan said this abnormal inflation “could also burn part of the vehicle’s inside and cause fire,” according to the international press. However, there were no reported situations of this happening, he said.
Nissan and Honda released statements giving similar explanations. Nissan is recalling a total of 480,000 cars worldwide. All of them were manufactured in Japan between August 2000 and January 2004.
“This is a global recall that affects all regions where we do our business,” said Honda’s spokeswoman. The company is recalling 1.135 million vehicles, while Mazda’s officials said they will recall over 45,000 cars worldwide.