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Toyota South Africa to recall 730,000 cars

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Staff Writer | January 25, 2018
Toyota South Africa is to recall 730,000 cars to replace defective Takata-produced front airbag inflators.
Toyota South Africa
Auto industry   Defective airbags
Toyota South Africa is currently recalling different Toyota brands fitted with Takata air bags inflators.

Toyota South Africa told Xinhua that certain types of airbag inflators manufactured by Takata were found to have a potential for moisture intrusion over time.

The car manufacturer said this could create excessive internal pressure when the airbag is deployed and cause the inflator to rupture.

"Toyota and many other motor manufacturers worldwide are recalling vehicles for potentially defective Takata airbag inflators. Globally, there are close to 100 million vehicles affected across several brands. At Toyota South Africa we have 730,000 vehicles affected," said Mzolisi Witbooi, corporate public relations manager, Toyota South Africa.

Toyota South Africa said 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.