Several automakers hit with air bag recall

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UNDATED (AP) - Six automakers including Toyota, Honda and Nissan, are recalling nearly 3.4 million older-model vehicles worldwide in a massive effort to fix defective air bags made by the same parts company.

The recall mainly affects cars sold by Japanese automakers in North America, Europe and Japan. A small number of cars made by Germany's BMW AG and General Motors Co. and also involved.

The passenger air bags made by Japan's Takata Corp. have faulty inflators that don't route gas into the air bags. Instead, the high-pressure gas can send plastic parts from the inflators flying into passenger compartments.

Takata officials say no one has been hurt, but there have been six incidents of the air bags deploying improperly.

The recall, announced Thursday in Japan, is so large because many automakers use common parts on multiple models to cut costs and simplify manufacturing. This approach was pioneered by Japanese automakers.

Hardest hit is Toyota Motor Corp., which will have to inspect or fix 1.7 million vehicles worldwide, including about 580,000 in North America.

Another 490,000 vehicles in Europe and 320,000 in Japan are affected. The models include the Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, and Tundra, and the Lexus SC 430, manufactured from 2001 to 2003.

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