Toyota and Nissan expand airbag recall by 6.6 million cars

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HONG KONG — Toyota and Nissan have recalled an additional 6.56 million cars equipped with possibly faulty airbags manufactured by Japan-based Takata.

Toyota’s recall covers 5 million vehicles globally, including an estimated 637,000 in the United States. The recalled cars rolled off assembly lines between March 2003 and November 2007, and 35 separate models are involved.

Tens of millions of cars equipped with Takata airbags have been recalled by automakers recently over fears the airbags may explode and send shrapnel flying at drivers and passengers.

Engineers at Takata, one of the world’s largest airbag makers, first noticed problems with the chemical mix used in its airbags more than a decade ago. At least five deaths have since been linked to the company’s malfunctioning airbags.

Toyota said the decision to expand its recall was made after investigators uncovered moisture problems that could make airbags “susceptible to abnormal deployment in a crash.”

“Among the parts collected from the Japanese market, certain types of airbag inflators were found to have a potential for moisture intrusion over time,” the company said in a statement.

The smaller Nissan recall covers 1.56 million vehicles that were manufactured between 2004 and 2007.

Which vehicles are recalled?

Toyota is recalling the following vehicles:

Front dual-stage airbag inflators
2004-05 model year RAV4 vehicles. Visit Toyota.com/recall and enter your VIN to see if your vehicle is included in the recall.

Front Passenger Airbag Inflator

Nationwide Safety Recall DSF/DSC:
2003-2004 Corolla
2003-2004 Corolla Matrix
2003-2004 Tundra
2002-2003 Sequoia
2002-2004 Lexus SC430

Again, visit Toyota.com/recall and enter your VIN to see if your vehicle is included in the recall.

Nissan

Model Year 2003-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
Model Year 2004-2006 Nissan Sentra

If you live in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi or Texas, please visit Nissanusa.com/recalls-vin# and enter your VIN for more information.

If you live in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, or American Samoa, please take your vehicle to your local Nissan dealer for repairs.

See more at Nissanusa.com/recalls-vin# .