Japanese carmakers Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda
Seventy six thousand vehicles in the UK will be recalled by Japanese carmakers Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda due to an airbag problem. The cars that are affected are between nine and thirteen years old.
The problem is global; Toyota is recalling 1.73million vehicles that include 580,000 vehicles in North America and 490,000 in Europe. A statement issued by the firm’s US arm said “the involved vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers. Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash.” A company spokesman in Japan said this abnormal inflation “could also burn part of the vehicle’s inside and cause fire.” However, he said, there were no recorded instances of this happening.
Nissan and Honda released statements giving similar explanations. A Nissan spokeswoman said the company was recalling a total of 480,000 vehicles globally, all of which were manufactured in Japan between August 2000 and January 2004. The airbags were made by Tokyo-based Takata Corp, which said it deeply regrets the recall. “We will fully cooperate with the carmakers in replacing the parts by sharing some cost burden,” a spokesman said.
Honda, which is recalling 1.135 million vehicles, said it was “a global recall that affects all regions where we do our business.”
Mazda’s recall affects only one model
Mazda’s recall only affects on model the first generation Mazda6, there are 1913 vehicles in the UK, these particular models will be at least ten years old now and most probably not with the original owner. Mazda UK are now working with the DVLA and their dealer partners to inform customers driving these cars to contact their nearest Mazda dealer to have the airbag inflator replaced. Mazda say the work will take thirty minutes on their models and will be free of charge.
The recall is the latest in a series that have hit Japan’s motor industry, which once traded on its reputation for quality and reliability. Last year Toyota recalled more than seven million cars worldwide including the Toyota Yaris, RAV 4, Auris and Corolla models due to faulty window switches, there was a possibility that the malfunctioning switches could emit smoke. No accidents, injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the problem. In January Toyota said it would recall nearly 1.3 million vehicles globally over airbag and windscreen wiper problems, this latest recall are not related to the earlier airbag problem.