In the latest development in the Takata airbag saga, Nissan Motor said it is recalling 260,000 vehicles globally due to a defect in driver-side air bags made by the supplier.

The parts maker has been at the centre of a growing number of recalls over air bags that could spray shrapnel at occupants, Reuters noted.

The recalls affect Nissan's March model, also called Micra in some export markets, and the Cube, a Nissan spokesman told the news agency. They are chiefly in Japan, with 104,905 cars, 30,000 in Europe and 11,000 in China, he said.

The Japanese recall covers models from 2008 to 2012, he told Reuters. He was not immediately able to provide more details on regions or model years.

US safety regulators earlier this week expanded the number of Takata-equipped vehicles in the United States that may be affected by recalls to 7.8m vehicles made by 10 automakers.