Nissan Motor announced it is recalling 2.14 million vehicles worldwide for an ignition problem that may stall the engine. The recall includes the popular March and Mycra subcompacts. This is the third-largest recall ever.

According to Nissan Motor to date no accidents have been reported that are suspected of being caused by the defect. The recall affects cars in the United States, Europe and Japan.

A problem was found in an ignition-system part called the relay for vehicles produced from August 2003 through July 2006, including small cars like the March, Cube and Note, and about a dozen other models, such as the Tiida sedan, Titan pickup and Infiniti QX56 luxury model.

In extreme cases, the engine will stall and won’t be able to start, said Nissan spokesman Mitsuru Yonekawa.

Of the recalled vehicles most were produced in Japan and North America.

The massive numbers involved in recent recalls are linked to cost-cutting strategies that result in the same parts being used in many models.

Toyota Motor, the world’s biggest automaker, has issued multiple recalls over the last year, totaling more than 10 million vehicles worldwide for a variety of defects including sticky gas pedals, floor mats that can trap accelerators, brake fluid leaks and other problems.

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