Honda and Nissan have added 2.8 million cars to the recall they issued last year over a defect in passenger airbags.
Honda is recalling two million vehicles and Nissan 755,000 cars globally.
The affected cars have a defective part which “could cause the airbag inflator to rupture and deploy the airbag abnormally in a crash”.
Honda is adding 2 million vehicles to the recall they issued last year over a defect in passenger airbags (photo AP)
The part was supplied by Takata Corp. Other firms, including Toyota, have also issued recalls due to the issue.
Earlier this month, Toyota added 650,000 cars – all in Japan – to its initial recall.
The latest recalls by the three Japanese car makers takes the total number of cars recalled due to the issue to nearly seven million globally.
Honda said its latest recall affects at least 13 models, including the Fit, Stream, CRV and Civic.
Meanwhile, Nissan’s recall affects 16 models globally, including the Cube, Terrano and Sylphy.
Both the firms said that there had been no reports of any accidents or injuries due to the issue.
Earlier this month, Toyota, the world’s biggest carmaker, said it had received one report of a seat cover burn due to the problem.
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Top four Japanese carmakers are recalling 3.4 million cars globally over a defect in passenger airbags.
Toyota, which is recalling 1.73 million cars, said the vehicles had a defective part which “could cause the airbag inflator to rupture and deploy the airbag abnormally in a crash”.
Honda Motors is recalling 1.13 million cars, while 480,000 of Nissan’s and 45,000 Mazda cars are affected.
Top four Japanese carmakers are recalling 3.4 million cars globally over a defect in passenger airbags
The cars were sold between 2000 and 2004.
The firms said the defective part was supplied by parts maker Takata Corp.
Shares in Takata fell 9% to 1,819 yen on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Thursday.
Ryo Sakai, a spokesperson for Toyota, said the firm had received reports of five separate incidents of the airbag inflator being ruptured.
Two of these incidents took place in Japan and three in the US, Ryo Sakai said.
However, he added that there had been no injuries as a result of the incidents.
Meanwhile, Honda, Nissan and Mazda said that there had been no incidents involving their cars.
All four carmakers have said that they will replace the defective parts for free.
“We are conducting a voluntary safety recall to address this issue and replace the front passenger bag inflator,” said a spokesperson for Nissan.
“We plan to notify the customers over the next 30 days,” he added.