Thousands of UK cars recalled

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

Nissan recalls cars over faulty airbags

by Rachel Sweeney

Nissan is having to recall some Almera cars built in Sunderland.

The move is part of a two million world-wide recall by the three big Japanese car-makers - Nissan, Toyota and Honda.

The vehicles concerned were fitted with faulty airbags made by a Japanese company.

Rachel Sweeney sent this report from Sunderland.

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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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Nissan car recall: Models involved

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:

  • X-Trail
  • Patrol
  • Almera
  • Almera Tino
  • Terrano II
  • Navarra

The only model involved which was built at the plant in Sunderland is the Almera model, affecting cars built between 2001 and 2003.

Nissan release statement on car model recall

Nissan have released a statement after it was announced that almost 60,000 of their cars are being recalled due to a problem with the vehicles' airbag.

“A component supplier, Takata, has reported a potential safety defect in the Front Passenger Air Bag Inflators in certain 2000-2004 Nissan vehicles, and also vehicles of our competitors.

"Nissan is conducting a voluntary safety recall campaign to address the issue identified by Takata and replace the front passenger air bag inflator.

"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.”

– Spokesperson for Nissan

Sunderland recalls Nissan cars

Nissan is recalling 59,058 cars across the UK after airbag concerns. That includes six different models - only the Almera was manufactured in Sunderland. Nissan has stressed that no incidents have taken place and that the recall is precautionary.

However, in Japan, five incidents have taken place. The problem is with a part in the airbag and the Sunderland site used the same supplier between 2001 and 2003. Customers are being contacted individually.

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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.

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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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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.

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