Japanese automakers Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Mazda are recalling around 3.4 million cars due to airbag defects. The cars were sold around the world and supplied by Takata Corp. The airbags are at risk of catching fire or injuring passengers.

The recall affects seven Toyota models produced between November 2000 and March 2004, bearing an X to a 54 number plate, including the Corolla, Yaris, Camry and Avensis.

Honda said 1.1 million cars were being recalled worldwide, including 680,000 in North America and 15,475 in the UK. Most of the UK-affected cars were CRVs sold in 2002-03, although a small number of Stream and Jazz cars could be affected.

Nissan is recalling 59,058 cars sold in the UK, out of 480,000 globally, including the X-Trail, Patrol, Almera, Terrano II and Pick Up. The recall also affects 1,913 Mazda 6 models bought in the UK between 2002 and 2003.

In the United States, the Honda vehicles involved in the recall include 2001 to 2003 Civics and CR-Vs and 2002 Odyssey minivans. Nissan is recalling 2001 to 2003 Maximas, Pathfinders, Sentras, Infiniti I35s and Infiniti QX4s in the U.S., while Mazda is recalling 147 2003 and 2004 Mazda6 sedans and two 2004 Mazda RX-8s. Toyota is recalling some 2001 to 2003 Corollas, Matrixes, Tundra pickups and Lexus CS430s.

The companies will be writing to customers and have promised to fix faulty airbags free of charge. The process between 60 and 90 minutes.

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