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Toyota, Honda to recall 5.4 million vehicles in the US over faulty airbags

Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. will recall a total of 5.4 million vehicles in the U.S. over potentially defective airbags, including those related to Takata Corp. airbags with non-azide propellant, or NADI, inflators.

Toyota said it will recall 2.9 million units of its Corolla, Matrix, Avalon and Avalon Hybrid vehicles from model years 2011 to 2018. The company said that electronic control unit in some of the affected vehicles may not be adequately protected against electrical noise that can occur in crashes, affecting a proper deployment of the airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners.

The carmaker is also recalling another 139,000 RAV4, Celica and Supra vehicles from model years 1997 to 2000 related to defect in Takata airbag NADI inflators, that could cause non-deployment or rupture.

Honda said it will recall 2.4 million of its Accord, Civic, CR-V, Odyssey, EV Plus and Acura from model years 1996 to 2003 over a Takata airbag defect similar to that disclosed by Toyota.

Honda said it is aware of one field rupture of a NADI inflator involving a 1997 Civic that crashed in Texas in 2012. It also said it is aware of two NADI inflator ruptures during vehicle scrapping activity in Japan.

Honda said it will inspect and replace certain NADI-equipped Takata driver front airbag inflators for free.

The two companies will notify the affected owners by March.