Toyota, Honda and Nissan are recalling more than two million vehicles globally due to an air bag problem

Japanese cars recalled over airbags

Thousands of UK cars are being recalled due to an airbag problem.

The problem relates to the air bag inflator on the passenger side of vehicles, which may burst and send pieces of plastic flying.

Toyota is recalling 76,000 vehicles bought in the UK in the period November 2000 to March 2004, while Honda is recalling 15,400 UK-bought vehicles made between 2001 and 2004.

Nissan is also recalling some vehicles manufactured between 2000 and 2004 in the UK.

The Toyota recall involves models such as the Corolla and the Yaris, while the Honda recall involves the Civic, the CRV and the FRV.

Toyota, Honda and Nissan are recalling more than two million vehicles globally due to the problem.There have been five incidents in the USA and Japan, but no injuries have been reported related to the problem.

Nissan said that 59,058 of its cars sold in the UK are affected by the recall, including the X-Trail, Patrol, Almera, and Navara models.

The recall also involves 1,913 of the Mazda 6 models bought in the UK in 2002-03.

The recall for air bags made by Japanese firm Takata affects other car-makers, including non-Japanese manufacturers, Takata spokesman Akiko Watanabe said.

She declined to give further details.

Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles with some 580,000 in North America, 490,000 in Europe and 320,000 in Japan.

Affected models include the Corolla, Tundra, Lexus SC, produced between November 2000 and March 2004.

Honda is recalling 1.1 million vehicles. About 680,000 are in North America, 270,000 in Japan and 64,000 in Europe.

The models include Civic and Odyssey.

Toyota said it had received five reports of air bag problems, three in the US and two in Japan, but there have been no injuries.

The car-maker suffered a blow to its reputation from a series of massive recalls in 2009 and 2010, including faulty braking, sticky accelerator pedals and defective floor mats, partly a reflection of how various models used the same parts to save costs.

But the latest recall is affecting other major makers as well.

The car-makers involved have reported the problem to the Transport Ministry in Japan, and will be reporting other recalls later today in other regions, they said.

The recall extends to Latin America, China, other Asian nations, the Middle East and Africa.

Nissan recalled 480,000 vehicles globally, some 137,000 of them in Japan, for the air bag problem.

The Yokohama-based firm said vehicles in North America and Europe are affected, but did not immediately have other details on its 343,000 overseas recalls.

Recalled models in Japan include the Cube, X-Trail, Maxima and Teana, made from August 2000, to January 2004, spokesman Chris Keeffe said.

The problem crept in because of two human errors during production.

A worker forgot to turn on the switch for a system weeding out defective products and parts were improperly stored, which exposed them to humidity, according to Honda spokeswoman Akemi Ando.

Also affected under the same recall were the RX-8 and Mazda 6 at Mazda.

Mazda said 45,000 vehicles were recalled, including 4,000 in Japan.

It did not give numbers for other regions, but said recalls will be announced in North America, Europe, China and other nations.

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