Nissan recalls 12,000 cars in India

Japanese car making giant Nissan Motor Co has issued a recall of 12,000 cars in India as part of the company's global effort to rectify engine switch and airbag problems.

The affected cars were produced between June 2013 and March 2015 in India which, include the Micra compact and Sunny sedan as well as the imported Xtrail SUV and Teana premium car.  Worldwide, the car maker has announced a recall of around 270,000 cars of different models.

"Nissan is committed to a high level of customer safety, service, and satisfaction and is working with its dealers to promptly address this issue," a Nissan spokesperson said.

The airbags produced by Japanese parts maker Takata Corp have sparked a global recall crisis for many automakers in the past few months, which have been linked to eight deaths so far. In May, the world's biggest car maker Toyota and Nissan announced a recall of 6.5 million vehicles globally. (See: Toyota, Nissan announce recall of 6.5 m vehicles globally)

Last week, Takata's chief went public with an apology for the deaths caused by defective airbags. (See: Takata chief apologises for airbag deaths)

According to Nissan only a fraction of the recalled vehicles are affected due to defective airbags, while an engine switch will be repaired by authorised Nissan retailers free of cost.

Yesterday, Nissan Australia also recalled over 2,200 vehicles comprising its Pulsar sedan and hatch, Juke baby SUV and Micra compact models due to faulty push-button engine start switches.

Last month, another Japanese auto giant Honda Cars had also recalled a total over 11,000 cars in India, which included its Accord, CR-V and Civic models produced between 2003 and 2007. The recall was to replace a faulty part in the passenger and driver side airbags, and is part of the company's global campaign of fixing potential defect related to airbags.

Ever since the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) started voluntary vehicle recalls in 2012, for safety issues, over 700,000 vehicles have been recalled in the country.