Toyota has announced yet another recall of nearly six million vehicles globally. The Japanese automaker cited Takata-made airbags have been reported and blamed for deaths and injuries.
The world's largest auto manufacturer said it is recalling 1.47 million airbag equipped cars sold in Europe, 1.16 million vehicles in Japan, 820,000 units from China and 2.35 million in other regions.
This excludes the recall in the United States as the recall have already be done based on the Takata-made airbags in a global scandal which resulted in deaths and injuries.
Takata, a Tokyo-based auto parts manufacturer, is facing huge compensation costs over the airbag defect and have been linked to at least 16 deaths in the global auto industry's biggest-ever safety recall.
The total recall from Toyota has gone up by 23.1 million specifically for the defects in the airbag installed cars.
The models affected are Toyota Corolla and Yaris/Vitz which have been manufactured between May 2000 to November 2001 or between April 2006 to December 2014, Toyota said.
Apart from Toyota, the total recall related to Takata airbags is a mind-boggling 100 million units.
The defect of the Takata airbags which can send metal and plastic shrapnel from the inflator canister hurtling towards the driver and passengers when the airbag is deployed.
However, the main cause of the defect is yet to be found and is unclear as of now. But a combination of time, environmental moisture and fluctuating high temperature could be likely cause said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The reports of deaths and injuries have been mainly reported from the U.S. and Malaysia.
Takata's customers include not just Toyota, it supplies to Honda, Volkswagen, and General Motors. The company could face billions of dollars in costs linked to recall and legal implications.