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Honda job losses are 'a wake-up call for Government'

Unite described the expected loss of 340 jobs at a Honda plant in Swindon as "a devastating blow" and said that the fact people do not "have the cash to spend" should cause the Government serious concern.

These job losses are a devastating blow, not just for these workers but for the thousands more across the industry whose work is dependent on the Honda plant.

Today's losses are also a wake-up call to the UK government.

The economy is far too fragile to proclaim a recovery - those workers losing their jobs today will find claims that the country is turning a corner an insult.

The truth is that there is simply no pick up in the incomes of Honda's customers, either here or in the eurozone.

– Tony Murphy, national officer of the Unite union

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Car giants to notify vehicle owners after airbag fault

Nissan has confirmed it will be contacting British car owners within a month to tell them their vehicles must be recalled over a fault with their airbags.

Nissan plans to begin notifying customers within 30 days. Nissan dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator at no cost to the customers.

Nissan is committed to a high level of customer safety, service and satisfaction and is working with its dealers to promptly address this issue.

– Nissan

Honda issued a similar statement, confirming it would be contacting affecting vehicle owners.

The recall affects 15,475 Honda cars in the UK, the majority of which are CR-Vs built at the Swindon plant between 2002-2003. There will be a small number of Jazz and Stream variants built between 2001-2002 also included in the recall.

Honda will be contacting the owners of affected vehicles requesting them to make an appointment with their Honda dealer. However, if owners are concerned they are encouraged to visit their local dealer.

– Honda

Toyota, which is set to recall 76,000 cars in the UK, has not issued a statement on its protocol, but confirmed the airbag issue potentially affects the following models: Toyota Corolla, Yaris, Avensis, Avensis Verso, Picnic, Camry and Lexus SC430.

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Car recall: advice to customers

People who believe their car may be affected by a recall from four Japanese motor firms, are being urged to get in contact with the manufacturer.

Nissan advised UK customers to contact garages where the cars were bought or call 01923 899334.

They say global car giants are usually quick to recall vehicles for inspection and repair as soon as they are aware of a fault.

These are likely to be minor and rarely linked to accidents or fatalities.

Thousands of UK cars to be recalled over airbag

Models like the Toyota Yaris, made in 2001 (above), are set to be recalled. Credit: Reuters

Toyota is recalling 76,000 vehicles bought in the UK between November 2000 and March 2004, including models such as the Corolla and the Yaris, due to the Japanese airbag problem.

Nissan is also recalling 59,058 vehicles made between 2000 and 2004 and sold in the UK, including the X-Trail, Patrol, Almera, and Navara models.

Honda is recalling 15,400 UK-bought vehicles made between 2001 and 2004, including the Civic, the CRV and the FRV.

Japanese airbag recall affects total of 3.4 million cars

Toyota has said the replacement of airbag inflators will take a few hours for each vehicle. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The scope of the Japanese airbag problem is a little wider than first reported, with a total of around 3.4 million vehicles set to be recalled worldwide.

The recall includes 490,000 cars in Europe and 580,000 from North America.

The concern is that airbags in front of the vehicles' front passenger seat may not inflate when required, a spokesman for Toyota said.

He added that no injuries or deaths had been reported because of the fault.

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