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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.

Honda and Nissan affected by airbag recalls

Honda has called back 1.14 million cars globally. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

More than one million Honda vehicles are being recalled following concern over the airbags received from Japanese parts maker Takata Corp.

The firm confirmed 1.14 million cars will be called back globally.

Nissan has also been affected, with the company confirming 137,000 cars in Japan will be recalled.

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Toyota recalls 1.73 million vehicles over airbag problem

Toyota received the airbags from Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Toyota has announced it is recalling 1.73 million vehicles across the world due to an airbag problem.

The manufacturer is among four Japanese carmakers to have withdrawn vehicles over the concern, with up to 2.92 million recalled in total.

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Swindon MP: Honda job cuts 'distressing'

The Conservative MP for South Swindon, Robert Buckland, pledged to help those affected by job cuts at the city's Honda car manufacturing plant:

Honda workers 'gutted' about job cuts

Staff at Honda's Swindon plant have expressed dismay at news that 800 jobs are to be cut.

General associate Malcolm Hanley, who started working for the car manufacturer in 2007, said:

I'm gutted, it's my work and I don't know what I'm going to do. If I'm getting fired, where am I going to go?

Colin Brain, who works at the engine site as a floating operator, said the announcement had come as a big surprise, especially as the company announced a £267 million investment programme only last September:

It seems like one minute they're your best friend and the next minute they don't like you very much. It's very strange.

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Union slams Honda job losses

The Unite union has called Honda's decision to cut 800 jobs at its Swindon plant a 'hammer blow' to UK manufacturing and the local economy.

Unite national officer Tony Murphy said: "It's a tragedy for our members and their families.

"There's no doubt these cuts will have a significant knock-on impact on the supply chain, and on local shops and services .

"That is why we intend to save as many jobs as possible.

"Unite will oppose any compulsory job losses. We expect Honda to negotiate meaningfully with the union in order to mitigate the impact of these cuts.

"Unite will be meeting with our local union reps in the coming days to discuss the company's proposals."

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