FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES
Worldwide recalls linked to defective air bags made by the Japanese supplier Takata widened on Monday as Honda, Nissan and Mazda recalled a total of almost three million vehicles for crucial fixes.
Japanese and American regulators are investigating reports that defective Takata air bag inflaters — used by at least seven global automakers — could cause the air bags to rupture, injuring passengers with flying debris.
It was the second recent recall over Takata-made air bags, prompted by what Takata said were inadequate records that made it difficult to identify potentially affected vehicles. On June 11, Toyota said it would recall 2.3 million vehicles worldwide because of the defect. In April and May last year, several Japanese automakers, along with BMW, recalled a total of 3.6 million cars over the same defect. In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said this month that it would investigate whether recalls should be issued for other automakers’ vehicles.