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Friday 9 December 2016

Toyota and Nissan recall thousands of Irish cars

Steve Tormey Toyota Ireland
Steve Tormey Toyota Ireland

TOYOTA and Nissan are recalling 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 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 Takata air bag inflators, which can erupt with too much force, spraying shrapnel inside the car.

Toyota Ireland boss Steve Tormey said the measure was "purely precautionary" and designed to "reassure our customers that their interest is our number one priority".

A spokesman for the Society of the Irish Motor Industry said the organisation was 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.

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, but all the deaths were in cars made by Honda.

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