Japanese carmaker Toyota has issued a worldwide recall for a total of 3.37 million cars over possible defects involving airbags and emissions control units.
2.87 million cars have been recalled due to issues with the emission control system while 1.43 million cars have been recalled due to issues with their curtain airbags. Some cars are plagued by both issues which is the reason the total has swollen to 3.37 million units.
The emissions control system affects models like Prius, Auris and Corolla models along with some other models manufactured between 2006 and 2015.
According to Toyota, the evaporative emissions system could develop cracks over time which in turn could lead to fuel leaks when the fuel tank is full.
Toyota will replace the evaporative emissions canister on the affected vehicles with an improved design.
The airbag recall is not associated with worldwide Takata scandal. According to Toyota, the curtain airbags on models like the Prius and Prius Plug-In Hybrids produced between 2010 and 2012 and the Lexus CT 200h models made between 2011 and 2012, come with airbag inflators which comprise of two chambers welded together.
Some inflators may have a crack in the welded area between the two chambers which may expand over time causing the chambers to separate.
This is turn might cause the airbags to not inflate properly, or in some cases even allow the chambers to enter the car, increasing the risk of injury.
To rectify the airbag issue, Toyota will install retention brackets that will prevent the inflators from entering the vehicle if separation occurs.
Toyota hasn't reported any deaths or injuries related to the two recalls.