TOKYO-Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling 5.8 million vehicles around the world equipped with faulty air bags manufactured by Takata Corp. This applies to approximately 1.16 million vehicles in Japan, 1.47 million in Europe and 820,000 in China, not to mention its reach in Central and South America and other parts of the world.
Toyota says this latest recall is due to the possibility that the front passenger airbag inflators may be susceptible to moisture intrusion over time.
Also involved in the new announcement is an expansion of a 2010 recall for 20,000 additional vehicles that may now have problems with replacement airbags that lack the drying agent, the company said. United States vehicles with the same inflators are already under recall. More than 300-thousand Kiwi motorists could be affected by one of the biggest recalls in motoring history.
Within Belgium and Luxembourg 3,535 Hilux models, 18,427 Yaris models, 2.223 Corollas and 12.874 Auris cars are affected by the recall, or a total of 37,059 vehicles.
Approximately 100 million cars are affected globally and the airbag industry is struggling to produce replacement parts, with some customers waiting more than a year to have their airbags replaced.
Authorities say as many as 16 deaths worldwide have been linked to Takata. The total number of air bags to be recalled is expected reach 70 million in the US alone, according to reports.
Takata uses ammonium nitrate in its airbag inflators, which can become unstable in prolonged moist and hot conditions.