Updated: 15/04/2013 05:10 | By motoringresearch.com

Japanese car makers recall 3.4 million vehicles

AIrbag fault leads to big global recall for top four Japanese car brands

Japanese car makers recall 3.4 million vehicles

The big four Japanese car makers are collectively recalling around 3.4 million cars worldwide to fix an airbag problem.

Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda all made the announcement today – with the problem related to a part supplied by airbag company Takata Corp.

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Toyota has confirmed it will recall 1.73 million vehicles globally, and added the fault relates to the passenger airbag in some vehicles: it “may not inflate when necessary”.

However, a Toyota spokesman told MSN Cars the airbags work in an accident, but the front passenger airbag “may deploy abnormally in a crash”.

Honda has clarified this to say the “inflator could produce excessive internal pressure”, which might cause the unit to rupture.

“In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could be propelled upward towards the windshield, or downwards toward the front passenger’s footwell, potentially causing injury to a passenger in a crash.”

According to Toyota, the recall is said to take around an hour and a half to action, and won’t cost customers anything. The owners of affected cars will be contacted by letter.

Honda revealed it will recall 1.14 million vehicles globally, with Nissan recalling 480,000 and Mazda recalling 45,500 vehicles.

A Toyota spokesman today confirmed around 76,000 UK cars from the brand are affected – aged between nine and 13 years old.

“Five issues (have been) recorded globally,” they said – “none in the UK.”

No injuries have actually been recorded either, added the spokesman.

A spokesperson from Honda has confirmed precisely 15,475 CR-Vs built between 2002-2003 are subject to the issue in the UK. Customers will be contacted, but anyone who is worried can visit their local dealer.

Mazda’s spokesperson has confirmed that it’s 2002-2003 Mazda6 models that need attention in the UK. 1,913 cars are affected, and customers will be contacted via the DVLA.

Nissan hasn’t given any figures for the UK, but its spokesperson says the vehicles affected in Europe are versions of the X-Trail, Patrol, Almera, Almera Tino and Terrano II, built between 2002-2004.

There are no reported issues involving Nissans, we’re told, but customers will be notified if their car needs attention within 30 days.

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