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Earlier this month, we told you about a massive recall of 844,277 Toyota, Lexus, and Pontiac vehicles from model years 2002-2004. Today, Honda, Mazda, and Nissan are recalling nearly three million vehicles for the same problem.
All of those recalls stem from faulty airbag systems manufactured by the Takata corporation. The propellant used in those devices has caused some front passenger airbags to deploy abnormally, and some have even ruptured, resulting in explosions of the airbags. In eight cases -- two in Japan, six in the U.S. -- those explosions sent shrapnel flying through the cars. Two deaths have been linked to the problem.
According to Reuters, the airbags were manufactured between 2000 and 2002. To date, more than six million vehicles equipped with Takata airbags have already been recalled, and just prior to the Toyota recall mentioned above, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation of the devices. Initial reports suggest that high humidity may be a factor in causing the airbags to explode, but that hasn't yet been confirmed.
Today, the AP says that Honda, Mazda, and Nissan have issued a number of recalls related to Takata's airbags. Though none of the automakers have posted official notices on their websites detailing makes, models, or model-years, the recalls reportedly include:
That adds 2.95 million vehicles to the Takata recall list, bringing the total number of automobiles recalled for this problem to roughly 10.5 million.
And that number may go much, much higher: Takata has said that it's willing to replace airbag systems that it supplied to other automakers, including BMW, Chrysler, and Ford. Stay tuned for details about those, as well as specifics about today's recalls as they become available.
NHTSA has released additional details about some of the recalls mentioned above, and it appears that humidity may, indeed, be the culprit. However, NHTSA publicized these details via several overlapping bulletins, some of which have more details than others. If you own any of the vehicles on this list, we encourage you to contact the automaker immediately, or call NHTSA at 888-327-4236.
The Honda recall affects a range of Honda and Acura vehicles "originally sold, or ever registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators":
Honda expects to send out recall notices to owners before the end of July. If you have questions, contact the company at 800-999-1009.
Mazda's recall affects roughly 34,600 vehicles "sold in, or currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators". The list of models includes:
Mazda hasn't yet indicated when it will notify owners of the recall. If you believe you own one of the affected vehicles and have questions in the meantime, you're encourage to call Mazda 800-222-5500 and ask about recall SSP96.
Nissan has confirmed the airbag recall, but it hasn't provided NHTSA with a list of affected makes or models. We'll update as that info becomes available.