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1.73 million vehicles worldwide to be recalled due to airbag problem / Toyota

A visitor walking past cars is reflected on a Toyota car at the company's showroom in Tokyo February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

(Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T ) said on Thursday that it is recalling 1.73 million vehicles worldwide due to an airbag problem.

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp (7312.T ) said it supplied the airbags to Toyota and other carmakers.

Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. recalled at least 3 million vehicles worldwide for defects in airbags made by Takata Corp.

Toyota recalled 1.73 million vehicles including the Corolla and Camry sedans worldwide on concern that a malfunctioning inflator in the airbag could inadvertently deploy the front-seat airbags or activate the automatic seat belt restraints, Shino Yamada, a spokeswoman for the Toyota City, Japan-based automaker, said by phone today. Honda called back about 1.14 million vehicles globally, while Nissan called back a more than 137,000 units in Japan, the companies said in separate statements.


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