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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.

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.


Toyota recall around 75,000 cars in UK

Toyota are recalling around 75,000 cars in the UK due to a possible steering fault.

The UK is part of a 2.77 million worldwide recall by the Japanese company.

The front of a Toyota Prius hybrid car. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

The UK recall will affect certain Avensis and Corolla models from July 2001 to March 2009 and for some Prius models from July 2003 to April 2009.

Toyota GB said today: "On certain Avensis, Corolla and Prius models there is a possibility of an issue with a component in the steering system, prompting a knocking or rattling and possibly a reduction in steering response. In such circumstances, the vehicle will remain safe to drive.

"There have been nine reported cases of this issue in Europe and no reports of any associated accidents."

Nearly half a million Toyota's to be recalled in Europe

The problem, in cars such as the second-generation Prius and certain Corolla models can be fixed in under an hour.

Separately, Toyota is also recalling 630,000 vehicles worldwide, including 350,000 in the United States and 175,000 in Japan, to fix water pumps in hybrid vehicles, Tachikawa said.

Some vehicles are target of both recalls, making the total number of vehicles to be recalled at 2.77 million, he said.

Toyota has sold about 3.3 million Prius hybrid vehicles globally since the car went on sale in December 1997.

Toyota to recall 2.77 million cars including Prius after steering problem

Toyota will recall about 2.77 million vehicles worldwide, including the Prius, due to problems with the steering mechanism and the hybrid system water pump.

Thirteen models sold in Japan between August 2000 and January 2012 will be recalled it said in a filing with Japan's transport ministry. Some 1.5 million of the recalls are of cars sold in Japan.

It is not known how many - if any - cars in the UK will be recalled.

Toyota Prius hybrid cars inside a compound near a Toyota showroom in Burton on Trent Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The announcement comes a month after Toyota recalled more than 7.4 million vehicles worldwide for faulty power window switches that are a potential fire hazard, the biggest single recall since Ford pulled 8 million vehicles off the road in 1996.

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