The Takata airbag saga shows no signs of slowing, with Toyota the latest to issue another mass recall in Australia.
The lion’s share of the numbers for this latest Takata recall is the popular Corolla, with more than 106,000 on the list.
Of the 111,000 included in the latest round, the remainder includes just under 2000 Yaris examples and 3276 units of the boxy Rukus. All Corolla, Yaris and Rukus vehicles on the list were built between January 2010 and December 2012
As with other Takata recalls, the problem surrounds the airbag’s metal inflator unit.
Over time, the unit can absorb moisture and become brittle. As the airbag deploys when required during a collision, the unit can fracture - showering the vehicle occupants with potentially lethal metal fragments.
For the aforementioned Toyota trio, the recall will target the front passenger airbag.
Toyota has also reissued a recall for its Rav4 SUV and Echo light car models, built between December 2002 and December 2003.
Technicians will target the driver's front airbag on the Rav4s and Echos, of which around 8000 are on the list in Australia.
These vehicles have previously been recalled, but Toyota says the replacement inflator did not contain a desiccant (drying agent). Therefore, the new inflator units could be susceptible to the same moisture absorption problem as the originals.
Toyota Australia is currently securing the necessary parts to enact these recalls, with replacement time expected to take around one hour - performed free-of-charge to owners.
At this stage, no incidents resulting in death or injury have been reported in Australia for the models affected by this latest recall.
Toyota will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer or phone Toyota Australia on 1800 987 366.
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