Toyota Recalls 5.8 Million Vehicles Over Faulty Airbags — Are You Affected?

The defective vehicles were equipped with Takta airbags whose inflators could rupture and have claimed 16 lives worldwide.

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Japanese automotive giant Toyota has issued a recall forabout 5.8 million cars worldwide due to potentially faulty airbag inflators that may explode.

Affected cars include the world's best selling car, the Toyota Corolla along with other models like the Yaris and Vios along with the Hilux pickup truck.

The biggest recall of cars is in Europe where 1.46 million cars have been recalled followed by 1.16 million cars recalled in Toyota's home country of Japan.

In China, around 820,000 vehicles have been recalled while the rest of the vehicles were sold in places including Central and South America, Africa, the Near and Middle East and Singapore.

The affected vehicles use driver and front passenger airbags that were fitted between May 2000 and November 2001, and April 2006 and December 2014.

The airbags and the explosion causing inflators were made by embattled Japanese auto parts manufacturer Takata.

The air bag inflators in question use a chemical compound which can explode with excessive force, sending shrapnel flying into the car when the airbag inflates.

The exploding airbags have been linked to at least 16 deaths globally, which has lead to automotive world's biggest ever recall, which will cover 100 million affected airbags.

The latest recall includes about 20,000 cars which were recalled back in 2010 and were fitted with replacement Takata inflators.

The replacement airbag inflators may explode as well as they do not contain a drying agent which is required by safety agencies worldwide.

The recall will start at the end of November (at least in China) and Toyota dealerships will replace the defective parts at no cost to the customer.

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