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Honda to recall 2m cars globally over airbags. Photograph: Money Sharma/EPA
Honda has recalled 1.8m cars around the world after a scare over an airbag in another manufacturer's vehicle but made by its supplier Takata.
The Japanese company said the recall covered five models made between 2001 and 2003 in the UK: the Accord, Civic, CR-V, Jazz and Stream. In Europe, 154,000 cars are affected and 45,000 of those are in the UK.
A spokeswoman said: "We have been advised by our airbag supplier that there had been an incident with an airbag in another manufacturer's vehicle."
If the airbag is inflated, excessive pressure could cause "small amounts of metal fragments" to hit the windscreen or the footwell, Honda said. The potential problem was not covered by two previous recalls in 2010 and 2013.
Nissan, Honda's Japanese rival, was also reported to have recalled 755,000 cars globally on Monday. Toyota announced a recall earlier this month.
Japan's three biggest carmakers have recalled more than 5m vehicles this month as scrutiny of potential safety flaws rises in the industry. Honda, Takata's biggest customer, has called back a total of 6m vehicles for problems with Takata air bags in nine recalls since 2008, according to the business news site Bloomberg.