Japanese car manufacturers issue recall over airbags

Four major Japanese automakers are recalling about 3.4 million cars worldwide because of possible airbag problems.

Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda said separately today that abnormal inflation of passenger-side airbags was the reason for the recall.

The companies said the defective airbags, which were made by Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp, could burst or cause a fire. No injuries or deaths have been reported.

Honda is recalling 1.1 million vehicles, including the Civic and Odyssey models. Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles, including the Tundra and the Corolla. Nissan says the defective airbags were found in 480,000 cars made in Japan between 2000 and 2004. Mazda is recalling 45,000 units worldwide.

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