3.4 million cars across the word are being recalled by Japanese carmakers because they have discovered that there is a fault with some of the airbags.
The cars that have been affected are those that have been supplied with airbags for the front passenger seat by Takata. They are being recalled because it is believed that they have some safety defects. The defect is that they have too much pressure inside of them so when they are released they go off with a bigger bang than needed. According to a spokesman at Honda this can result in bits of plastic and metal flying into the footwell and windscreen which could cause a serious injury. Do make sure you know what your motor insurance policies covers because if you are in an accident you might not be covered as well as you thought you were.
The manufacturers that might be affected are stressing the fact that there isn’t a risk if there isn’t a crash. The airbag isn’t going to inflate accidentally, only when there is a crash will there be a more serious hazard. So far there haven’t been any accidents of this kind in the UK but there have been five reported in the USA and Japan which lead to the investigation. Although there hasn’t been any injuries reported that are associated with the extra pressure in the airbag so far.
The exact cars that are affected are Toyotas, Hondas Nissans and Mazdas. The Toyota’s that are being recalled at those that were produced between November 2000 and March 2004 across the models: Corolla, Yaris, Avensis, Avensis Verso, Picnic and Camry. To double check, the number plates will have X to 54 registrations. The Hondas that are affected are those produced between 2001 and 2003 and the majority of them are Honda CRVs but also affected at the Honda Jazz, Honda Civic and Honda Stream. The Nissans being recalled were produced between 2000 and 2004 and the models are: X-Trail, Patrol, Almera, Almera Tino, Terrano II and the 4×4 pickup. There are fewer Mazdas affected and these are the Mazdas6’s which were produced between 2002 and 2003.
If your vehicle has been affected you will be sent a letter within the next month and if you have an appointment will be arranged for you to get the airbag changed. There is no cost involved and there is all no need to leave your vehicle over night. It has been estimated that it will take between 40 and 90 minutes to correct by your local dealer.