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Toyota joins Nissan, Mazda, Honda in airbag fault recall

Toyota has become the latest car manufacturer to issue a recall over an airbag fault, following in the footsteps of fellow Japanese car manufacturers Honda, Mazda and Nissan.

1.73 million vehicles built globally between November 2000 and March 2004 (150,000 of which are in the UK) are thought to be affected by the fault, which can cause the airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash.

Toyota explained: “The involved vehicles are equipped with front-passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers. Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash.”

Fortunately for the companies involved, only five malfunctions have been reported ─ and not one has caused an accident or injury, according to a Toyota spokesperson.

Although the fault may be difficult to diagnose and repair, Toyota is very keen to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. If you think your car is affected, get on the phone to your local dealer, have your VIN number at the ready and they’ll provide further instructions on getting the issue sorted.

More than 3.4 million vehicles have now been recalled by Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Toyota over the same faulty part, making it the largest recall in recent times and one that could somewhat diminish the trust in Japanese build quality and reliability.

With that said, the current recall record holder is Ford,  yet its cars sell like hot cakes. A faulty cruise control switch was to blame for a recall of roughly 14 million cars in 2009.

Safety gear maker Takata Corp was responsible for the manufacture of the faulty airbag inflators that were built between 2000 and 2002.

Toyota is no stranger to a recall or two. In fact, this year alone it recalled 1 million vehicles and 2012 saw around 11 million cars recalled as a result of two separate instances, one of which involved a faulty steering wheel in its Avensis, Corolla and Prius models.

Source: Bloomberg

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