Japanese manufacturers recall more than 3 million cars

Image: Airbag Vagcom

Once again we have more vehicle safety problems hitting the headlines as four Japanese manufacturers are to recall more than 3 million cars.

The latest global recalls are affecting Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda and are due to a potential airbag safety issue, in all there will be more than 3.4 million recalls with around 150,000 of them in the UK. The problem was discovered after five incidents occurred in Toyota cars where the front passenger airbag either over inflated in the event of an accident or did not inflate at all, no injuries have been reported and none of the cases were in the UK. The defective part was supplied by Japanese component maker Takata Corp. Honda, Nissan and Mazda state that there have been no reports of incidents involving their vehicles to date.

Toyota cars affected are the 2000 – 2004 versions of Avensis, Avensis Verso, Camry, Corolla, Lexus SC430, Picnic and Yaris.
Honda cars affected are CR-Vs built between 2002 and 2003 and Jazz and Stream variants built between 2001 and 2002.
Nissan cars affected are Almera, Almera Tino, Patrol, Terrano II, 4 x4 Pickup and X-Trail built between 2000 and 2004.
Mazda cars affected are Mazda 6 and RX-8 bought between 2002 and 2003.

All of the manufacturers involved have said they will replace the faulty part free of charge and will be in touch with their customers over the next 30 days, replacing the part should take one to two hours and it can be carried out by your local dealer or the dealership where the vehicle was purchased.
If you are worried about whether your car will be affected or not, or just want some advice regarding these recalls we suggest that you go to your local dealer or the dealership where you purchased your vehicle. Toyota owners can go to www.toyota.co.uk and enter their registration number to find out if their vehicle is affected, Nissan owners can call 01923 899334 for more information and Mazda owners can ring 0845 7484848 for advice. Honda has requested that owners “visit their local dealer with any immediate concerns”.

Special Thanks to Ford Asia Pacific for providing the airbag image.