Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi recall 3.5 mn cars, India partly hit

  • Sumant Banerji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 25, 2015 23:24 IST

Japanese auto major Nissan Motor Corp on Thursday announced two separate recalls, which covers almost 468,000 units worldwide, to rectify engine switch and airbags. The recall impacts around 12,700 cars in India.

“We are conducting a voluntary recall campaign that covers approximately 270,000 vehicles on certain Nissan models, including 12,000 in India,” a Nissan India spokesperson told HT. “We plan to begin notifying customers immediately.”

Under the bigger recall for around 270,000 cars worldwide that includes over 6,500 units of small car Micra and more than 5,000 units of its sedan Sunny, the company will rework the engine switch of the cars free of cost. A defective switch may lead to the cars getting stalled, though the company said it has not received any complaints from customers. The recall involves cars manufactured in India between June 2013 and March 2015.

The other recall for 198,000 cars, including 700 units of luxury sedan Teana and SUV X Trail in India (both discontinued), is part of concerns over defective airbags that have resulted in at least eight deaths globally. The world’s largest car maker, Toyota, also expanded its recall on the same issue to cover another 2.86 million units. Mitsubishi recalled 120,000 units. Toyota and Mitsubishi could not confirm on Thursday the impact in India.

“Authorised retailers will rework the engine switch at no cost to the customer. This is not an issue related to the safety of the vehicle.
The recall for airbags covers 700 units of the Teana and X Trail, which were never manufactured in India but imported from abroad,” the Nissan India spokesperson added.

The airbags were made by Japanese parts maker Takata, whose airbags have sparked a global recall crisis. Around 12.66 million Toyotas and 19 million Hondas have been affected.

Takata last month agreed to double a US recall to a record 30 million vehicles.

In October last year, Nissan and Honda had between themselves recalled over 11,000 units of their cars to replace the defective airbags supplied by Takata. More recalls are likely to follow.

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