Honda and Nissan add to airbag recall

Honda fit cars on display Image copyright AFP
Image caption Honda Fit is one of the various models affected by the latest recall

Japanese carmakers Honda and Nissan have added 2.8 million vehicles to the recall they issued last year over a defect in passenger airbags.

Honda is recalling two million vehicles and Nissan 755,000 cars globally.

The affected vehicles have a defective part which "could cause the airbag inflator to rupture and deploy the airbag abnormally in a crash".

The part was supplied by Takata Corp. Other firms, including Toyota, have also issued recalls due to the issue.

Earlier this month, Toyota added 650,000 cars - all in Japan - to its initial recall.

The latest recalls by the three Japanese car makers takes the total number of cars recalled due to the issue to nearly seven million globally.

Honda said its latest recall affects at least 13 models, including the Fit (or Jazz in the UK), Stream, CRV and Civic.

Meanwhile, Nissan's recall affects 16 models globally, including the Cube, Terrano and Sylphy.

Both the firms said that there had been no reports of any accidents or injuries due to the issue.

Earlier this month, Toyota, the world's biggest carmaker, said it had received one report of a seat cover burn due to the problem.

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