Global recall of Japanese cars announced

A massive global recall of more than 3.4 million Japanese-brand cars has been announced due to a fault in a passenger-side airbag supplied by Takata.

The news may affect any Australian fleet manager with drivers currently utilising any of the affected vehicles, which includes models produced by Honda, Toyota, Mazda and Nissan.

According to a statement released by Toyota on April 11, the affected vehicles feature front passenger airbag inflators "which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers".

"Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash," reads the statement.

Toyota will be recalling more than 1.7 million cars worldwide - more than any of the other three affected brands. Honda is expected to recall just over 1.1 million vehicles, while Nissan (480,000) and Mazda (45,463) have been less impacted by the discover of the faulty airbags.

More than 11,000 Australian cars will likely be affected by the recall. Honda is expected to be the worst hit, recalling just under 10,000 cars produced in the early 2000s.

The recall affects the following vehicles in Australia:

Honda Civic sedans manufactured between 2001 and 2003
Honda CRVs manufactured between 2002 and 2003
Honda Jazz's manufactured in 2003.
Toyota Corolla's manufactured between 2000 and 2004
Toyota Avensis Verso's manufactured between 2000 and 2004
Mazda first generation Mazda 6's manufactured between 2002 and 2003

Further recalls may be forthcoming.

Andrew McKeller, a representative for the Australian Automobile Association, has noted that the recall may be particularly difficult to execute due to the fact that vehicles may have changed hands multiple times.

"There may have been two or three changes of ownership during that time," Mr McKellar told ABC.

"But the responsibility is on the manufacturers to seek to identify the current owners and inform them of any risk that might exist."