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 SaferCar.gov, by calling NHTSA's Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 or by calling the toll-free number in their owner's manual.
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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.