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Toyota South Africa recalls more than 700000 vehicles

Toyota South Africa recalls more than 700000 vehicles

Owners who think their vehicle could be affected should check to see if their unit's make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) are listed on the Product Safety Australia website.

The recall affects some 730 000 locally-sold Toyota and Lexus models - ten different model ranges - produced between 2002 and 2015; however, Toyota said airbags were not standard on all Toyota models produced during this period. "This is part of an ongoing global campaign initiated by vehicle manufacturers related to defective Takata safety bags", the official said on Thursday.

More than 700,000 cars have been affected by the recall due to a problem with the airbags.

Toyota South Africa is expected to release a statement today detailing all affected models at which point we will be sure to update you.

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Like previous Takata-related recalls, faulty airbags could rupture when deployed, which could shoot metal fragments into the cabin - posing a serious risk of injury or death to occupants.

Toyota South Africa's Andrew Kirby said: "We appeal to everybody to please check if their vehicles are applicable. What's hard is when the vehicle is much older and has been through a number of different owners, we don't have details of those owners in some cases".

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on Friday confirmed that it was conducting a recall campaign related to potentially defective Takata airbag inflators, which were now affecting a number of automotive brands worldwide.

Auto dealerships are expected to conclude the replacement of the affected airbags in less than a day.


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