Four Japanese automakers - Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda - are recalling some 3.4 million vehicles world-wide because of an airbag problem, the companies said on Thursday (April 11).

Japanese auto parts maker Takata spokesman Toyohiro Hishikawa said the company supplied the airbags related to the recalls.

Toyota is recalling about 1.73 million vehicles globally, including 580,000 vehicles in North America and 490,000 vehicles in Europe because some airbags at the front next to the driver may not inflate when necessary, spokesman Ryo Sakai said.

No injuries or deaths have been reported, he said.

Toyota will exchange the faulty inflator with new ones, a fix that is expected to take about an hour to two and a half hours for most models, he said. He declined to give the costs related to the recall.

Honda said it was recalling about 1.14 million vehicles world-wide. Nissan said it was recalling about 480,000 vehicles globally, while Mazda said it was recalling about 45,500.

Takata had been informed that carmakers would recall about two million vehicles globally due to problems with airbags it had supplied, but not 3.4 million, said Hishikawa. Its shares dropped 9 percent to 1,819 yen on Thursday.

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