Toyota and Nissan recall 6.5 million cars over airbag fault

Toyota confirms specific UK and European models affected, as Takata locates source of faulty airbag inflations

Toyota Avensis

In the latest (and hopefully) final development of the Takata airbag saga, Toyota has announced specific recall figures to replace faulty airbag parts that cause accidental inflations. Nissan has confirmed UK cars will be affected, and Honda also prepares to announce more recalls.

The announcement is the latest of several since the problem was first brought to light back in 2008. Since then, Japan's three biggest carmakers (along with seven others who used Takata as a supplier) have recalled around 25 million vehicles globally.

The latest recall sees at least 6.5 million vehicles added to that globally Toyota has stated that around 1.2 million of those will be European models, with a preliminary estimate of 160,000 in the UK. Toyota's recall will effect models such as the Corolla, Yaris, Avensis, Avensis Verso, Picnic, RAV4 and Hilux built between 2003 and 2007.

Nissan X-Trail

According to a Toyota spokesman, the Japanese parts supplier has "now got a clearer understanding of the issue" and identified the specific cause that saw moisture enter the airbags's deployment system. He also claims that "there are no reports of injury or deaths in Toyota cars" as a result of the issue.

The same cannot be said for Honda, who has previously reported six deaths that were linked to the airbag falsely inflating. The Japanese firm is "in preparations" to announce specific details of European or UK cars affected soon.

Customers affected by Toyota's recall will be contacted by dealerships by phone or post in the next six weeks to resolve the issue free of charge. The recall is being treated as purely precautionary and for investigative purposes.

Nissan has released a statement saying it will "expand its ongoing Takata Passenger Air Bag Inflator Recall Campaign to include additional  model year 2004 to 2007 vehicles equipped with “SPI” inflators". 

That will mean a further 100,000 cars will be affected, with the Navara pickup, Almera and Almera Tino, Terrano II and X-Trail. Customers will be notified of what action will be taken in June, with dealers replacing the faulty part in June.

Check out our run-down of the best selling cars in the UK right now...

Recommended

Best new cars coming in 2024
Best new cars coming in 2024 - header image
Best cars & vans

Best new cars coming in 2024

There are some big new models from the likes of BMW, Citroen, Dacia, Ford, MINI, Skoda and more on the way in 2024
29 Jan 2024
Sharp looking Toyota Sport Crossover Concept to be with us in 2025
Toyota Sport Crossover Concept - front
News

Sharp looking Toyota Sport Crossover Concept to be with us in 2025

Toyota’s EV push gains further traction with new four-door fastback
4 Dec 2023
New Toyota Small Urban SUV Concept previews future Volvo EX30 rival
Toyota Small Urban SUV concept - front
News

New Toyota Small Urban SUV Concept previews future Volvo EX30 rival

Toyota’s new Small Urban SUV Concept is likely to morph into the bZ2X, with Lexus and Suzuki versions to follow
3 Dec 2023
New Toyota Proace Max arrives to complete an updated van lineup
Toyota Proace Max
News

New Toyota Proace Max arrives to complete an updated van lineup

Toyota has completed its van range with the launch of the Proace Max large panel van and it’s updated all the other LCV models so they don’t feel left…
15 Nov 2023

Most Popular

Government in major U-turn on pick-up truck tax changes
Ford Ranger - side
News

Government in major U-turn on pick-up truck tax changes

HMRC scraps its plan to axe the benefit-in-kind ‘loophole’ for pick-ups, a week after announcing it
19 Feb 2024
Car Deal of the Day: Land Rover Defender looks the business at £324 per month
Defender Hard Top - downhill off road
News

Car Deal of the Day: Land Rover Defender looks the business at £324 per month

The current Defender is a fantastic SUV van for businesses and is our Car Deal of the Day for 20 February
20 Feb 2024
“The £16k Dacia Spring is an electric car game-changer”
Opinion - Dacia Spring
Opinion

“The £16k Dacia Spring is an electric car game-changer”

With many people claiming electric cars are just too expensive, editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks the Dacia Spring’s arrival in the UK is exactly wh…
21 Feb 2024