A recent recall centering on models from Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda is affecting millions of drivers. More than 3.4 million vehicles from across these four brands have been recalled due to a defective airbag system, which could cause the safety feature to catch fire or inadvertently inflate.
According to NBC News, this is the largest recall since last October, when Toyota was forced to recall about 7 million cars for an acceleration issue.
"After the Toyota unintended-acceleration debacle, automakers have been quick to issue recalls and so there have been a flurry of them in recent years," Michelle Krebs, an analyst with Edmonds.com, told Bloomberg. "As a result, consumers may be tone deaf to them, but they should take seriously any recall - like this one - that is related to an important safety feature, especially an airbag, which involves pyrotechnics."
Drivers can take their models to a dealership for a check, but it may also be a good idea to use this recall as a reminder to schedule a car tune up. Many hidden issues could impact how a vehicle is performing, and getting a professional to look over everything just to make sure it's in top condition could make for a more efficient automobile.