Toyota expands airbag recall to Europe

TOKYO (Reuters) — Toyota is expanding a recall previously issued in North America to the rest of the world including Europe to replace potentially deadly passenger-side airbag inflators made by Takata Corp.

Toyota said on Thursday that it would recall another 2.86 million vehicles across 24 models produced between April 2003 and December 2008, including 1.729 million in Europe, 360,000 in Japan and 190,000 in China.

Toyota on June 16 recalled 1.37 million vehicles in the United States after Takata agreed to comply with an order by U.S. regulators to declare more inflators defective and expand the recalls.

Nissan also said it was calling back 198,000 vehicles globally 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 said.

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