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Honda, Nissan widen Takata air bag recalls

The 2014 Honda Civic Si Sedan.
American Honda Motor Co.
The 2014 Honda Civic Si Sedan.

Honda Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co will expand their recalls over Takata Corp air bags, the Japanese transport ministry said Thursday.

Honda said it will recall an estimated 400,000 vehicles globally as a precautionary measure to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators.

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A Honda spokeswoman told Reuters the automaker would need to set aside more reserves to pay for the latest recalls as well as the voluntary expansion globally of a region-specific recall limited to certain hot and humid areas in the United States.

Meanwhile, Nissan, Japan's No. 2 automaker, will recall around 152,000 vehicles using Takata's passenger side air bags worldwide.

Nissan said it expanded its recall after a recent "unusual deployment" of a Takata air bag at a salvage yard in central Japan, which also triggered recalls by Toyota Motor Corp.

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Separately, Nissan said it was recalling 250,000 cars, including its March model in Japan, over issues with its door mirrors.