November 4, 2016
Toyota recalls 5.8 million cars due to faulty airbag 0
Models affected include the Corolla and the Yaris subcompact model, the majority being sold in Japan, China and Europe.
The production dates of the cars in question were from May 2000 to November 2001, and April 2006 and December 2014.
Global carmakers have been suffering for years as a result of the airbags made by the company Takata.
Toyota admitted it was calling back 1.47 million airbags in cars sold in Europe, 1.16 million in Japan, 820,000 in China, and 2.35 million in other regions. The US was not said to be affected.
The recall – that began on Wednesday – beings the number of Takata airbags to have been recalled to 23.1 million. 12 carmakers have been affected.
Takata is facing mammoth compensation claims regarding its airbags, which are used by many manufacturers. They have been liked to at least 16 deaths worldwide.
US regulators believe the volatile chemical used in the inflators, ammonium nitrate, can cause airbags to explode with excessive force.
Several automakers, including Toyota, Honda, Mazda and Ford have said they will stop using Takata airbags containing ammonium nitrate in future models.
Takata also produces seatbelts, child seats, and other safety-related car parts.