5,500 cars recalled over airbag fault
THREE motor companies here are recalling thousands of cars over fears a faulty airbag could explode and shoot pieces of metal into the cabin.
Honda, Mazda and Nissan are calling back at least 5,500 cars here and nearly three million globally.
This follows a similar decision two weeks ago by Toyota to replace the defective parts on 20,000 cars here.
The new global recall involves two million Hondas, 755,000 Nissans and 160,000 Mazdas. The problem lies with potentially flawed front-seat passenger airbag inflators made by the Takata company at its Mexican plant.
In the event of a crash, the defect could lead to the airbag rupturing and possibly hitting passengers with bits of metal.
Hondas affected are: 2002 and 2003 Jazz; 2001 – 2003 Civic 4dr saloon; 2003 Accord; 2001 – 2003 Stream and 2002 and 2003 CRVs.
Nissans affected are Terrano, Pathfinder and Almeras made between 2001 and 2003.
Mazda Ireland said 2,172 models between April 2002 and June 2003 are affected.