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Air bag recall on 3.4M cars

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Posted: 3 pm ET

About 3.4 million cars are being recalled for a possible problem with the front passenger seat air bag, which may not inflate properly in a crash. The recall was issued by four Japanese automakers -- Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota -- which all use air bags from the same supplier, Takata, one of the largest suppliers of air bags and other car safety equipment. One General Motors car, the Pontiac Vibe, also was affected, as it was built in a shared manufacturing facility with the Toyota Corolla Matrix.

The affected cars include some models of:

  • Honda Civic (2001-2003).
  • Honda CR-V (2001-2003).
  • Honda Odyssey (2001-2003).
  • Infiniti I35 (2001-2003).
  • Infiniti QX4 (2002-2003).
  • Lexus SC (2002-2004).
  • Mazda6 (2003-2004).
  • Mazda RX-8 (2004).
  • Nissan Maxima (2001-2003).
  • Nissan Pathfinder (2001-2003).
  • Nissan Sentra (no model years specified at press time).
  • Pontiac Vibe (2002-2004).
  • Toyota Corolla (2002-2004).
  • Toyota Corolla Matrix (2002-2004).
  • Toyota Sequoia (2002-2004).
  • Toyota Tundra (2002-2004).

Owners of all cars affected by recalls will be notified by mail by the manufacturer. Consumers who are concerned whether their car is affected can find more information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by searching for their car on, by calling NHTSA's Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 or by calling the toll-free number in their owner's manual.

Is your car on the list?

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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April 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

The air bag inflator is made in America. At a manufacturing facility in Utah that took about 1000 jobs from the facility in Aurora, CO.

melvin wells
April 16, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Buy American ========MADE IN AMERICA============bring our jobs back home========USA===your breaking us to help them, you've traded our jobs off======even our made in America has foreign. Parts in them=========and now the rest of the story

zub newob
April 16, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Da, money

April 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Why did this take so long to come to the manufacturers attention?