On April 11, 2013, four major Japanese car makers recalled over 3 million vehicles worldwide due to problems with air bags on the passenger side.  Japanese manufacturer, Takata Corporation, manufactured these air bags for Toyota, Honda and Nissan. The improperly manufactured and installed malfunctioning air bags inflators could cause the airbag to deploy abnormally during a crash.

The vehicles involved in this recall include:

Toyota: Certain Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia and Tundra and Lexus SC 430 in the 2001 to 2003 model years.

Honda: Certain Civics, CR-Vs and Odysseys from 2001 to 2003.

Nissan: Certain Maxima, Pathfinder, Sentra, Infiniti I35 and QX4 from 2001 to 2003.

Mazda. Some Mazda6 sedans from 2003 and 2004 and the 2004 RX-8. Only 149 vehicles are involved.

GM. The 2003 Pontiac Vibe, which was made alongside Toyota’s Corolla, will be included.

Click here to read the full USA Today article: Toyota, Honda and Nissan Recall Over 3 Million Cars

Globally, Toyota will recall 1.73 million vehicles that were manufactured between November 2000 and March 2004.  Honda is recalling 1.1 million vehicles.

For Honda owners of all vehicles on which a defective air bag may have been installed either as original equipment, or as a replacement, will be notified.  The safety recall will begin on May 11, 2013.  Owners may contact Honda automobile customer service at 1-800-999-1009.  Honda’s recall campaign number is S95.

Nissan and Mazda will recall over 480,000 vehicles with this problem.  Nissan states it will replace faulty air bags in Maxima, X-Trail and other models.

For Mazda owners, the safety recall will begin in May 2013.  Owners may contact Mazda Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-222-5500, option #6.  Mazda’s recall campaign number is 6913D.

Click here to read the full Bloomberg article: Toyota Joins Honda, Nissan in Car Recall on Airbag Fault

Over the last three weeks, nearly 3.5 million vehicles were recalled because of defects. Americans rely on their car manufactures to provide a safe well-designed vehicle. Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at the Brandi Law Firm has successfully represented many people injured from defective Toyotas, Fords, GM products and numerous other manufacturers and suppliers.  Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective vehicle design nor whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at the Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.