Most vehicle recalls that take place these days are a result of some problem that happens during the manufacturing process by the automaker, but as we see here, parts suppliers can also factor in to problematic safety issues. Automotive News is reporting that a total of 3.4 million vehicles produced by Japanese automakers between 2000 and 2004 are being recalled globally due to faulty airbags produced by an outside supplier, Takata Corp.

According to the report, vehicles from Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda are being recalled because of passenger front airbags that do not inflate properly. Globally, Toyota is said to be recalling around 1.73 million cars including 510,000 in the US composed of Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia and Tundra as well as the Lexus SC430 for the 2001 through 2003 model years; this is the second time this year the 2003 Corolla and Matrix have been recalled for an airbag problem. Honda is recalling 1.14 million models, Nissan another 480,000 and Mazda 45,463. The article says that Takata supplied faulty airbags to non-Japanese automakers, but it did not specify which ones.

Honda and Toyota have released information on their own websites about the recall, while Nissan and Mazda have not yet commented. Read official press releases from Honda and Toyota, below, and look for updates as we have word from the others.
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Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Vehicles for the Front Passenger Airbag

TORRANCE, Calif., April 11, 2013 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that it will conduct a safety recall involving approximately 170,000 front passenger airbag inflators installed in several vehicle models.

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.

The vehicles involved include certain Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, and Tundra, and Lexus SC 430 models manufactured from 2001 – 2003. More precise vehicle information is being developed, but about 510,000 vehicles may have to be inspected to locate the suspect inflators.

Owners of vehicles subject to this safety recall will receive an owner notification letter by first class mail. The recall remedy will involve inspection of the front passenger air bag, and, if it is equipped with an affected inflator, the inflator will be replaced with a newly manufactured one at no charge to the owner.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall, the Toyota Customer Experience at 1 800-331-4331, www.lexus.com/recall and Lexus Customer Satisfaction (1 800-255-3987).

Statement by American Honda Regarding Passenger Front Airbag Inflator Recall: 2001-2003 Honda Civic; 2002-2003 Honda CR-V; 2002 Honda Odyssey

TORRANCE, Calif., Honda will voluntarily recall approximately 426,000 model-year 2001-2003 Civic vehicles, approximately 43,000 CR-V vehicles from the 2002-2003 model years and approximately 92,000 model-year 2002 Odyssey vehicles in the United States to replace the passenger front airbag inflator. It is possible that the passenger front airbag inflators in affected vehicles may deploy with too much pressure, which may cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury. Honda is aware of one crash in which a passenger front airbag deployed with too much pressure, causing the casing to rupture. Honda is not aware of any injuries or deaths related to this issue. Honda is announcing this recall to encourage owners of all affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda. Mailed notification to customers will begin in late-May, 2013. In addition to contacting customers by mail, at that time, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going to www.recalls.honda.com or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.


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      merlot066
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just updated - This recall affects models from BMW and GM as well. We have all big 3 car continents covered now, can we stop the pissing contest now?
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda is perfect, this must be a mistake. Where's mary.keana, Wrangler_Unlimted, WranglerUnlimited, BTCC, clearwater, ___|___, or whoever he is calling himself today?
      Mark Rodriguez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Japanese cars = junk They've always been garbage and with the Koreans starting to dominate and VW making a comeback, their days are numbered. Hell they've been churning out the blandest, the most derivative and the most boring cars in the world for decades alongside those crappy Fords and GMs.
        bullitt2605
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mark Rodriguez
        Me thinks you are buying your panties to small.
        chromal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mark Rodriguez
        Yes, because when I think boring, I think FT-86, I think Mazdaspeed3. And when I think reliable, I think Korean, not Japanese. Sarcasm aside, while you may have a point about there being too many bland cars coming out of Japan for US consumption, you can't discount the good ones, and you are kidding yourself if you think the Korean cars are more robust or more reliable than the Japanese, on average or in most instances.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      They're badly made these cars. Add Hyundai/Kia to the list and you've got a family of mediocrity.
        navypond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        Japanese & Korean cars have better reliability than German & American cars. Learn to face reality.
          piggybox
          • 1 Year Ago
          @navypond
          @NightFlight Yes, there are some objective facts from warranty data instead of asking owners (thus the bias you mentioned): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/9815860/German-cars-lose-out-in-reliability-survey.html Honda, Toyota and MB have the highest reliability on engine while Audi, Mini, BMW and VW are among the lowest, though this survey is limited to engines and cars in UK only.
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      Supplier issue... please keep in mind that there are no major reported injuries due to this issue.... where as Hyundai had an instance of cutting a passenger's ear off.
        BryNum
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        FYI retard, get your facts straight. It cut his ear, and not cut it off. Was described as a laceration and not severed. Doofus.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
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        navypond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        Possible airbag failure issues, seat belt issues, brake failure issues, fire issues.....ALL manufacturers had them... some leading to actual deaths. So I wonder what is so special about a possible an issue of getting your 'ear cut off' compared to dying by flying through the front windshield bcus your airbag & seat belt failed to work, or bcus your brake failed? You sound like a Hyundai HATER.
          FIDTRO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @navypond
          When you're as crappy a company as Crapdai, you're gonna have a lot of haters.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        No major injuries yet, but what are they odds of a serious accident in 3.4 MILLION examples? Quite good (or bad considering) odds. Plus add to that the undisclosed number supplied to "non-Japanese automakers". Ever seen pictures of that "injury"? I have cut myself shaving worse than that.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      @over9000 Is the hideous look of all Hondas a supplier issue?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
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      Mr. Bader®
      • 1 Year Ago
      Japanese pile of PS
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr. Bader®
        Oh look, another one who missed that American and European vehicles are ALSO a part of this recall. Does no one read anymore?
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @NightFlight
          Apparently not, but to be fair, the AB article hasn't been updated to reflect that BMW and GM vehicles are affected by it.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr. Bader®
        What exactly is 'PS'?
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          @carguy1701
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          piggybox
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          LOL
      carfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      the big happy family of asian junk..the automotive version of junk food for the uneducated American Enjoy the Krap you paid for with your dollars . Maybe next time you (or your unfortunate children) are waiting in the unemployment lines you'll have time to ponder as to how you got there
        JDM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carfan
        Oh the irony of calling someone uneducated. Look at your post. You must be a product of the great American education. Loser.
      mary.keana
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the Hyundai recall is for a Hyundai DESIGN FLAW that cuts your ears off, compared to this which is a SUPPLIER issue. HA
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mary.keana
        laceration !=cutting ears off. You are an idiot.
        desinerd1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mary.keana
        ... the SUPPLIER issue that leads to your head smashing into the steering wheel and your brain splattering all over the windshield. Who wouldn't want that?
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @desinerd1
          Or sending shrapnel into your eyes and face.
      richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      BwwaHaHaHa, more Japanese recalls, I love it! So, what do all the Asia supporters have to say about this one? HaHaHaHa....
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @richard
        Do you love it when American brands are recalled too? It isn't like European and American brands are immune....
        chromal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @richard
        I can't speak for them, but for myself: I'd take a Japanese vehicle over its Detroit equivalent any day of the week, any week of the year, full stop. Mazdaspeed3 vs Focus ST? Please.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @richard
        Keep laughing as the manufacturers and suppliers fix the problems proactively, keep the customers happy and stay at the top of US sales charts.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh crap! I just noticed that little Toyota logo on the car above. All this while, I was thinking it is the Audi A4.
      navypond
      • 1 Year Ago
      whatamooseiam said: \"I love how Honda lovers were bashing Hyundai over the airbag recall post a few days ago and saying how inferior Hyundai was and the \"you get what you pay for, blah blah\" nonsense...and then we get this news.\" SO TRUE. Fact is, all manufacturers have had recalls for possibly life threatening problems. For example, even Volvo & BMW had issues with brake failure & also other life threatening problems & had to recall their vehicles in the past. But, of course, the American & German car owners couldn\'t resist themselves from making a criminal out of Toyota for the brake failure problem. Sad... Who will be the victim of the next which hunt?
        v8eater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @navypond
        Toyota never had a brake failure problem, what are you referring too?
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @v8eater
          They recalled 1.5 million cars around the world for leaky hoses and master cylinder that leaked brake fluid. Not enough brake fluid = brake failure.
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