Honda, Mazda and Nissan on Monday recalled another about 2 million older vehicles combined in the U.S. — and nearly 3 million worldwide — as they expand their actions related to Takata air bag inflators that can explode and send metal bits flying.
Separately, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that seven automakers — these three plus Toyota, BMW, Chrysler and Ford — would conduct regional recalls for the air bags in high-humidity areas, including Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the Virgin Islands.
Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Toyota and BMW recalled about 3.6 million vehicles worldwide in April and May last year for the problem, but supplier Takata now says the earlier recall lists may not cover all the suspect bags.
Toyota earlier this month expanded its earlier action with a recall of more than 2 million vehicles worldwide, including 766,300 in the U.S., many for the second time.
Takata air bag recalls now total nearly 10 million vehicles worldwide since 2008.
No crashes or injuries are related to the latest recalls. There are, however, two deaths linked to the inflator problem, both with Honda in the U.S. in 2009. Honda's latest action is its sixth recall related to the air bags.
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The inflator problem now is connected to propellant degraded by improper storage and exposure to moisture at Takata plants in Monclova, Mexico, and Moses Lake, Wash. The problem began as early as April 13, 2000, and was fixed by Nov. 1, 2002, according to a Takata report to safety officials last year.
Takata said this month that it is studying whether vehicles used in high humidity areas have additional risk.
NHTSA opened an investigation into the issue this month and says that it knows of six incidents of ruptured bags and three injuries in high-humidity Florida and Puerto Rico.
A major factor in the size and expansion of the recalls has been admitted bad recordkeeping by Takata, which has made it difficult to identify the vehicles that might have the suspect inflators.
In the latest actions:
• Honda recalled 1.02 million vehicles in North America and 2.03 million worldwide. They were built from 2000 through 2005 and include some models of Civic, CR-V, Odyssey and Element. With this expansion, air bag recalls have affected nearly 4 million of the company's older vehicles in North America.
• Nissan recalled 755,000 vehicles worldwide built from 2001 through 2003, with about a quarter-million Pathfinder, Cube and Infiniti FX35 models in North America.
-- Mazda recalled nearly 160,000 vehicles made from 2002 through 2004, with about 15,000 in North America, including RX-8 and early Mazda6 sedans.
• Regional recalls in the U.S. by Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Toyota, BMW, Ford and Chrysler of certain vehicles in humid climates. NHTSA estimates that 1.5 million vehicles could be affected — the totals and lists of vehicles still were being compiled.
All were recalling vehicles Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the Virgin Islands. Honda said it would do so in 10 states and territories, adding Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas.
NHTSA said it was continuing to investigate the problem.
Japan-based Takata is a big supplier of air bags, seat belts, steering wheels and other parts. It is one of three major suppliers of air bags, along with Sweden-based Autoliv and U.S.-based TRW.
Contributing: Associated Press