Honda, Mazda, Nissan Recall Explosive Airbags
Millions of Airbags Deemed Dangerous
An ongoing investigation stemming from a recall last year discovered that airbags in certain Honda, Mazda, and Nissan vehicles are prone to deploy at the wrong time or explode. All three automakers made similar recalls in 2013 for the same issue.
Last year, Japanese auto parts manufacturer Takata announced a recall on defective airbags used in a number of cars. After noticing that the first recall didn't result in a large amount of customer response, Takata reissued it this year with hope that they will get more risky airbags out of cars and off the road. The initial recall may have also left certain defective products off the list of problems.
The most notable models affected by the recall include the 2000-2005 Honda Element, 2001-2003 Nissan Cube, and 2002-2004 Mazda RX-8. Honda has recalled 1.2 million cars in North America, while Nissan recalled 755,000. Only 160,000 Mazdas were affected.
While no serious injuries have been reported as a result of faulty airbags, two accidents are under investigation. One deployment may have played a part in starting a fire in a car, while the other allegedly caused minor scrapes and bruises to a driver in a crash.
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