Tokyo - Toyota has recalled 2.27 million vehicles globally over a defect that could see airbags fail to deploy in a crash and also posed a fire risk, dealing another blow to the Japanese giant's safety record.
This latest campaign involves 20 models, including its Corolla, Yaris and Noah, and covered about 1.62 million cars overseas and 650 000 in Japan. According to Toyota SA, the “precautionary special service campaign” (as they call it) affects 4349 Corolla models that were sold locally between April 2002 and June 2003.
Some of the affected overseas cars were already included in a recall last year, but had not had their airbag inflator replaced, Toyota said.
“The involved vehicles were equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers,” it said in a statement.