Toyota recalls 42,000 cars in Vietnam over airbag fault

By Mai Ha – Chi Nhan, Thanh Nien News

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The Toyota Innova is affected by a global recall over airbag safety problems.

Toyota Vietnam on Thursday announced a recall of 42,772 cars -- all Innova and Fortuner models -- to fix airbag safety problems.
The company said a spiral cable attached to the driver’s side airbag is faulty.
It can be damaged when the steering wheel is turned and leads to continuous illumination of the airbag warning lamp on the instrument cluster. The airbag thus might not inflate in the event of a crash due to an  open circuit.
Checks and replacements will be free on the affected cars, including 40,241 Innovas manufactured between June 2006 and June 2010, and 2,531 Fortuners made between February 2009 and January 2010.
Toyota Vietnam said it has informed Vietnam Register, the country’s quality control agency, of the recall and will announce the specifics once it is approved.
The campaign is part of a global recall of 6.39 million vehicles across 27 models for different reasons, said the world’s biggest car manufacturer.
Some 3.5 million vehicles are being recalled for the faulty spiral cable while others for problems with the seat rails, steering columns, windscreen wipers and a glitch with the engine starters that poses a fire risk.
Toyota said, according to a BBC report, it was not aware of any vehicle crashes, injuries or fatalities caused by these conditions, though it had received two reports of fires in connection with the engine starter problem.
It is Toyota’s second largest single-day recall of late, since the recall of 7.43 million cars in October 2012 to fix power window switches.
The company last April also recalled 1.73 million cars worldwide after five cases of airbags wrongly inflating were reported in Japan and the United States.
BBC said the company has recalled more than 25 million vehicles over the past two-and-a-half years.
It called back 1.9 million of its top-selling Prius hybrid cars in February because of a software fault that might cause the vehicle to slow down suddenly. It issued separate recalls affecting more than 2.2 million vehicles in the second half of last year.

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