By Jonathan Davies

Japanese car manufacturers Toyota and Nissan have recalled 6.5 million cars around the world over a potential airbag fault.

Toyota, the world's biggest car maker, is recalling just under five million cars - the Corolla, Vitz and other models made between March 2003 and November 2007.

Nissan is recalling just over 1.5 million.

Both manufacturers said the cars are being recalled for investigative reasons, stressing that no injuries or accidents have been reported as a result of the potential fault.

The problem relates to airbags made by Takata, which has been linked to at least six deaths in Honda vehicles. Following the announcement by Toyota and Nissan, Honda said it was preparing to recall cars.