A major recall is underway of thousands of Nissan cars in the region - and around the world.
The Sunderland based company will check 48 thousand Qashqai cars in total.
There are concerns some steering wheels could come loose.
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The MP for Newcastle Central, Chi Onwurah, has started the formal process to see Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein stripped of UK honour.
It comes as households already face a triple-whammy from airfares, fuel and electricity prices.
Firefighters are urging residents to be extra vigilant if using candles over the winter months and during the Hindu festival of Diwali.