Toyota South Africa has announced that it would be recalling over 700,000 of its vehicles over airbag safety concerns, with some affected models dating back over 15 years.
According to an official 10 Toyota models, these include teh Hilux, Rav4 and Fortuners models built between July 2003 to December 2005, and Yaris, RunX and Corolla models built between 2002 to 2007.
Toyota says “The reason for this is certain types of airbag inflators manufactured by Takata were found to have a potential for moisture intrusion over time,”.
“Depending on the circumstances, this could create excessive internal pressure when the airbag is deployed and cause the inflator to rupture.
“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. To date, no injuries or fatalities caused by this condition have been reported locally,” continued.
This is not the first for Toyota as the company issued a recall for airbags of over 5 million cars world-wide in 2016.
Here on some tips to check if your car is affected
- Affected owners will be notified by a Toyota dealer to bring their vehicle in for the service.
- Toyota said that the replacement of the component will take one to two hours at no cost to the owner.
- Toyota owners can also enter their VIN number into the the official recall portal here.
Alternatively owners can contact the Toyota Call Centre on 0800 139 111, with a VIN number (recorded on your licence disc) on hand