Thousands of cars in Ireland affected as three million vehicles recalled globally over air bag defects
TENS of thousands of cars aged 10 to 13 are being recalled here by four Japanese makers over a defect in front-passenger airbags.
Toyota says it is recalling 22,000 well-known models - Corolla, Avensis and Yaris - made between November 2000 and March 2004.
Nissan say their recalls include the Almera, Tino, X-Trail, Pathfinder, Patrol, Terrano and Pathfinder. Honda and Mazda have yet to announce how many of their models are involved.
It is part of a global recall of three million cars.
A faulty inflator for the airbag is the reason. Cars will be inspected and fixed by distributors here when they identify the exact models.
Vehicles are said to have a defective part which "could cause the airbag inflator to rupture and deploy the airbag abnormally in a crash".
Globally, Honda is recalling 1.13 million cars, while 480,000 of Nissan's and 45,000 Mazda cars are affected.
The firms said the defective part was supplied by parts maker Takata Corporation.
Toyota spokesperson Ryo Sakai told the BBC the firm had received reports of five separate incidents of the airbag inflator being ruptured.
Two of these incidents took place in Japan and three in the US, Mr Sakai said.
However, he added that there had been no injuries as a result of the incidents.
Mazda says 390 cars - all Mazda6 models - made in 2002 and 2003 are affected in Ireland.
Meanwhile, Honda, Nissan and Mazda said that there had been no incidents involving their cars.
All four carmakers have said that they will replace the defective parts for free.