Nissan is recalling more than 2.1m cars globally due to a faulty engine control system.

The company said that problems in the ignition relay could cause the engine to stall or fail to be restarted.

In Japan alone the company is recalling 834,759 vehicles involving nine models, including the Cube, March [Micra] and Tiida [Versa], produced domestically between 2003 and 2006.

Nissan is also recalling 761,528 vehicles in North America, 354,170 in Europe and 194,409 in China and Taiwan because of the problem.

A spokesman said that no accident has been reported in connection with the problem. The company said it would recall another 1,399 cars in Japan because of insufficient welding of rear cushion springs.