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Recall of the Week: Honda, Nissan, and Toyota recall more cars with Takata airbags

Airbags 6a00e550081576883401bb07beb29a970d-320wiHonda, Nissan, and Toyota are recalling millions more vehicles due to faulty airbags.

If a crash occurs and front passenger's air bag is deployed, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and possibly seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Or, the air bag could deploy abnormally increasing the risk of injury to the passenger in the front seat.

The latest announcements bring the total number of vehicles recalled due to the Takata airbags to 36 million.

A Consumer Reports article indicates the following vehicles are included in the latest recall:
  • Toyota is recalling 5 million vehicles worldwide. Around 600,000 of those vehicles are included are in the U.S. market. Of that, 160,000 RAV4 models built in 2004 and 2005 are having the front driver’s side inflators replaced. Front passenger side inflators are being replaced on 177,000 2003-2004 Tundra and 2004 Sequoia models. Another 300,000 vehicles have been added to the recall for cars in regions of high humidity. This includes the 2005-2006 Tundra, as well as 2005-2007 models of the Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, and Lexus SC 430.
  • Honda is recalling an additional 4.9 million vehicles globally, but none that are part of the North American market.
  • Nissan is recalling 326,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada. They are: 250,967 2004-2006 Nissan Sentras and 12,725 Nissan Pathfinders built for the 2004 model year.

If you have a vehicle that’s one of these makes and models, find your VIN number and ask your dealer's service department about the whether your vehicle is included in the latest recall.

Owners can also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov.

Copyright 2015, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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