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Tens of thousands of Japanese cars recalled over 'faulty' airbags

Airbags Photo: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA

Tens of thousands of cars in Britain are to be recalled due to potentially faulty airbags.

Toyota and Nissan cars fitted with airbags made by the Japanese company Takata Corp are to be withdrawn for testing and possible refits, following six deaths in Honda cars with the same airbags in the US and Malaysia.

Toyota estimates that up to 125,000 of its UK-owned vehicles might be involved - and millions more worldwide.

Toyota GB said the UK cars involved would be tested and new airbag inflators fitted if necessary. The company added that there had been no accidents involving its vehicles.

Nissan, meanwhile, is recalling 563,000 cars in Europe and 1.56 million worldwide, adding that no accidents had been reported.

A Takata display in a Tokyo showroom Credit: REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Takata faces multiple lawsuits in the United States and Canada as well as a US criminal investigation and a regulatory probe.

Around 25 million cars have been recalled worldwide since 2008 over Takata air bag inflators which can erupt with too much force, spraying shrapnel inside the car.