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Up to 2.92 mn Japan-brand vehicles in airbag recall


Up to 2.92 million vehicles made by major Japanese manufacturers will be recalled worldwide because of possible problems with airbags, a government official said Thursday.

"Four carmakers submitted reports to us, saying they would recall 731,000 cars at home due to airbag problems," a transport ministry official told AFP.

"If exports are included, the number of cars with the same problems will reach a combined 2.92 million."

The four makes are Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda, the official said.

A Toyota spokesman said his company alone was recalling a total of 1.73 million vehicles, manufactured between November 2000 and March 2004 in Japan or abroad, due to a defect in passenger-side airbags.

"This is a global recall that affects all regions where we do our business," said a spokeswoman with Honda, which is recalling 1.135 million vehicles, also for a faulty passenger seat airbag.