29 June 2016
Toyota Motor is issuing a global recall of 1.43 million vehicles to repair a possible curtain shield airbag inflator defect, the company said on Wednesday.
The world’s largest car maker said in a statement that subject to the latest recall were the 2008 to 2012 models of the Prius hybrid, Prius plug-in hybrid and Lexus CT 200h vehicles.
Toyota said the recall comprised 743,000 units in Japan, 495,000 in North America, 141,000 in Europe, 9,000 in China and 46,000 elsewhere.
The recalled vehicles were equipped with curtain shield airbags in the driver-and passenger-side roof rails that have airbag inflators composed of two chambers welded together, it said.
Some inflators might have a small crack, which could grow over time, and lead to a separation of the chambers.
The curtain shield airbags in question were not made by embattled Japanese supplier Takata, the car maker said.
It said it was not aware of any injuries or fatalities related to the latest recall.