Tuesday 21 November 2017

Nissan and Toyota recall thousands of cars over airbags

Almera: some cars recalled due to airbag concerns
Almera: some cars recalled due to airbag concerns

Paul O'Donoghue

Toyota and Nissan are recalling tens of thousands of cars in Ireland that may be affected by potentially faulty airbags.

The Toyota recall involves 24,000 Corolla, Yaris and Avensis Verso models which were built between April 2004 and November 2007 for potential problems with passenger airbags, and 3,000 Rav4 and Hi-Lux models built between July 2003 and November 2005 over concerns regarding driver airbags.

Toyota Ireland said that owners of these vehicles will be contacted in writing.

Nissan is recalling 15,500 Patrols, Tinos, Almeras, X-Trails, Terrano and D22 trucks in Ireland. A spokeswoman for the company added that there have been no reported instances of issues in Europe.

Yesterday's announcements raise to roughly 31 million the number of vehicles recalled worldwide since 2008 over air bag inflators produced by Takata, a Japanese automotive parts manufacturer. The airbags can erupt with too much force, spraying shrapnel inside the car.

The chief executive of Toyota Ireland, Steve Tormey, said that the recall is a "purely precautionary measure" that is being taken by the company to "reassure" customers.

A spokesman for the Society of the Irish Motor Industry told the Irish Independent that the organisation is unaware of any other brands operating in Ireland who could potentially be affected by the issue. He added that he was confident that any car firm that had its airbags produced by Takata "will go down the recall route".

The announcements were made as Toyota and Nissan said they are recalling some 6.5 million vehicles globally, while Honda Motors said it would follow suit, without giving details.

Asked about the latest recalls, a Takata spokeswoman said a probe into the causes for the airbag defects is currently ongoing and added that the company continued to cooperate with the automakers.

If your vehicle is affected and you are not contacted by the manufacturer, you can find your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on your car by checking the manual and then quoting that number to your local dealership or manufacturer, to get advice.

Six deaths have been linked to the defective Takata airbags, all on cars made by Honda.

Takata is facing multiple class action lawsuits in the United States and Canada as well as a US criminal investigation and a regulatory probe.

Irish Independent

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