Toyota has announced that it is recalling 5.8 million more cars across the globe over potentially faulty airbag inflators made by Takata.
Carmakers worldwide are leading the industry’s biggest-ever recall after parts supplier Takata, under pressure from U.S. authorities, agreed earlier this year to declare more of its air bags as defective in the United States and other countries.
The latest recall comes as part of an ongoing recall of Takata products, which began back in 2008. Faulty inflators use a chemical compound that can explode with excessive force after prolonged exposure to hot conditions. It has resulted in at least 16 deaths around the world with many of them in the United States.
Toyota’s latest recall includes the Corolla, which is one of the best-selling cars in the world, and the Yaris hatchback. It affects the driver-side and passenger-side airbags installed to cars between May 2000 and November 2001, and April 2006 and December 2014.
Exactly 1.47 million European vehicles have been affected, as well as 1.16 million sold in Japan and 820,000 in China. The recall also extends to other markets including Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Singapore.
In these markets, the Hilux pick-up truck and both the hatchback and saloon variants of the Etios are affected.
Incredibly, the recall includes some cars that received replacement parts after another recall in 2010. The inflators are still seen to be at risk of exploding as they do not contain a drying agent.
International transport authorities have labelled the use of inflators without a drying agent as ‘unsafe’ and have called for them to be withdraw from the market.
Takata is currently seeking a financial investor to help pay for the huge liabilities caused by the recall to ensure that the company does not go bankrupt.