Nissan and Toyota have widened Takata airbag recalls from the US to worldwide

Nissan and Toyota have widened Takata airbag recalls from the US to worldwide

Toyota Motor and Nissan Motor Co said on Thursday they would expand a recall previously issued in North America to the rest of the world to replace potentially lethal passenger side air bag inflators made by Takata.

That led to immediate local action such as Toyota Australia saying it would recall an as yet unknown number of Lexus SC430 models built between May 2003 and December 2007 relating to the passenger side front airbag equipped with Takata airbag inflators. It was also extending the range of vehicles involved in an earlier passenger side front airbag recall affecting Yaris and Avensis Verso vehicles built between April 2003 and December 2008.

According to Reuters, Toyota said it would recall another 2.86m vehicles across 24 models produced between April 2003 and December 2008, including 1.729m in Europe, 360,000 in Japan and 190,000 in China. Toyota on 16 June recalled 1.37m vehicles in the US after Takata agreed to comply with an order by US regulators to declare more inflators defective and expand the recalls.

Nissan said it was calling back 198,000 vehicles including the Navara, Caravan, and Teana built between April 2007 and December 2008 after a corresponding recall in the United States and Canada previously.

The cause of the potential defect in these recalls remains unknown. There have been no reports of accidents or injuries from the expanded recalls, both automakers told Reuters.