Toyota SA recalls more than 700 000 cars due to defective airbags

JOHANNESBURG – Toyota South Africa Motors on Thursday said it has issued a notice to recall over 700 000 vehicles over airbag safety concerns, with some affected models dating back over 15 years. The Japanese carmaker said the recall was needed to replace front airbag inflators produces by parts firm Takata which has been found to have a potential for moisture intrusion, which could cause them to burst.

“In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, striking and possibly injuring the occupants in the event of an accident,” a statement issued said.

The company reported that no injuries or fatalities had been caused by the fault so far.

It is said that about 730 000 vehicles were affected, with some of the various models dating back to 2002, according to the company spokesman. The faulty airbags, made by Takata, have caused many automakers to recall vehicles in South Africa.

Toyota SA said the recall results from an ongoing issue as far back as 2012. The company will send out an official statement later on Friday with all the affected models.

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