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Automakers recall 3.3 million vehicles

(NEW YORK TIMES) Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda are recalling about 3.3 million vehicles worldwide because the passenger-side air bag could deploy with too much force, sending shards of metal into the passenger area, the automakers said Thursday.

Worldwide, the recalls announced in Tokyo include about 1.7 million Toyotas, 1.1 million Hondas, 480,000 Nissans and 20,000 Mazdas. Almost 1.4 million of the vehicles are in the United States.

Among the automakers, Honda has had the most serious, continuing problem with air bag. Before Thursday’s action, Honda had alreadyrecalled almost two million vehicles since 2008 for an excessively powerful driver’s air bag.