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.
Honda is to cut production at its Swindon factory from three shifts to two, threatening 340 jobs, the company said today.
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.
Honda issued a similar statement, confirming it would be contacting affecting vehicle owners.
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.
Almost 60,000 Nissan cars are being recalled due to a problem with the vehicles' airbag.
The models involved, and built between 2000 and 2004, are:
- Almera Tino
- Terrano II
The only model involved which was built at the plant in Sunderland is the Almera model, affecting cars built between 2001 and 2003.
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.
A total of 1,913 Mazda 6 models bought in the UK between 2002 and 2003 will also be called back following the discovery of faulty Japanese-manufactured airbags.
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.