Toyota Announces Huge Recall Of 82,000 Corolla, Yaris Models Over 'Fatal' Airbag Issue
More than 80,000 of Australia's most popular cars are being recalled over an airbag issue which could cause "fatality".
Toyota said 82,756 vehicles would be included in a huge recall of Corolla, Yaris and Avensis models from as far back as 2001, over a potentially fatal problem with the airbag inflator in those cars.
"As it gets older, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause the airbag inflator propellant to degrade. If an affected vehicle is involved in a collision triggering the airbag, the metal inflator housing may explode/rupture under too much internal pressure," warned a recall notice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
"In the event of an airbag inflator rupture, metal fragments could propel out through the airbag cushion towards the vehicle occupants causing serious injury or fatality."
Toyota said on its website that "if your car is fitted with a faulty airbag it could kill or seriously injure you and other people in your car".
The models involved in the recall include:
- Toyota Avensis ACM20 - Model Years 2001-2003
- Toyota Corolla ZZE122 - Model Years 2001-2007
- Toyota Corolla ZZE123 - Model Years 2003-2005
- Toyota Yaris Sedan NCP93 - Model Years 2006-2011
More than 62,000 of the ZZE122 Corollas are being recalled, with nearly 17,000 of the Yaris model.
"Owners of affected vehicles should contact their local Toyota dealership or Toyota’s head office directly via the website or email email@example.com to arrange for a replacement airbag inflator free of charge," the recall notice stated.
"Consumers who are unsure whether they are affected can also use Toyota’s VIN look-up tool or contact Toyota on 1800 987 366 or contact their preferred dealer."
"Alternatively, consumers can use their registration plate number to check if their vehicle is affected [online]."