The latest recall by Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Mazda includes more than 3.4 million cars.
The cause: defective airbags.
The source: Takata Corp., the second largest supplier of airbags and seatbelts in the world.
Toyota Recall April 2013
Toyota announced today that it’s conducting a voluntary recall of approximately 170,000 front passenger airbag inflators the company installed in several vehicle models. These include the following models manufactured from 2001 to 2003:
- Toyota Corolla
- Corolla Matrix
- Lexus SC 430
Toyota stated it's received five reports of airbag malfunctions, but no injuries. The company is still figuring out the extent of the recall, but so far around 510,000 vehicles might need to undergo an inflator inspection. The company will contact vehicle owners with suspect models by first class mail. From there, an inspection of the front passenger air bag will determine whether the vehicle has an affected inflator. If so, Toyota will replace it with a newly manufactured inflator at no charge to owners.
For more on the latest recall news, Toyota owners should visit Toyota online or call Toyota Customer Experience at (800) 331-4331. Lexus owners should visit Lexus online or call Lexus Customer Satisfaction at (800) 255-3987.
Honda Recall April 2013
According to CNNMoney, Honda states it is aware of one crash in which a passenger front airbag casing had ruptured after being deployed with too much pressure. Honda isn't aware of any injuries or deaths caused by the defect.
Honda issued official press releases announcing it will recall approximately:
- 426,000 Civic vehicles from 2001-03
- 43,000 CV-R vehicles from 2002-03
- 92,000 Odyssey vehicles from 2002
Mazda and Nissan Recall April 2013
Few details are available for Mazda and Nissan recalls.
DMV.ORG will update as information becomes available, but for now Mazda and Nissan owners can contact their dealers for more information.
Contact Your Auto Dealer
Contacting your auto dealer is one of the quickest ways to find out specific details about a recall involving your vehicle.
Below are links to the dealer contact information for each of the four vehicles involved in this recall:
Search and Sign Up for Vehicle Recalls
The media stays on top of vehicle recalls, but you can have the information delivered directly to you.
Generally, when an automobile manufacturer issues recalls, it will send the information to all its registered vehicle owners.
If you’re not sure whether you’re registered to receive recall information and other correspondence from your car manufacturer, or you want to know exactly where to find recall information directly from the source, check out these manufacturer pages:
- Toyota Safety Recall Lookup
- Honda Recall Registration and Lookup
- Nissan Recall Registration
- Mazda Recall Procedures and Owner Registration
Vehicle owners, regardless of vehicle make, model, and manufacturer, also can sign up with the NHTSA Recall Notification Email System, which sends weekly emails about vehicle recalls. Or, you can select up to five make and model combinations to receive notifications about those vehicles only.
DMV.org is dedicated to giving you the latest, most accurate info. We will update this article with developing news on other affected makes and models throughout the day.