Toyota has recalled 5.8 million units of their vehicles sold globally over faulty Takata airbags worldwide. The cars affected by the recall include Corolla, Yaris, Hilux, Etios and Etios Liva. The recall includes vehicles manufactured in two batches - May 2000 to November 2001 and from April 2006 to December 2006. Some of the vehicles that had airbags replaced in 2010 are also a part of the recall.
Around 1.16 million vehicles are affected in Japan, 1.47 million units in Europe, about 820,000 units in China and 2.35 million in other countries, including Central and South America, Africa, Middle East, Singapore and India. Models affected in India are the Etios sedan and Etios Liva hatchback.
The vehicles will be inspected free of cost across authorised Toyota service stations and replace the faulty airbags. A chemical compound in the airbag unit can explode due to the excessive force or exposure to hot conditions or both resulting in spreading shrapnels throughout the cabin. 16 deaths and over 100 injuries were reported due to the faulty units in the USA.
Not only Toyota, other car manufacturers such as Honda, Nissan, Mazda and Ford have also started taking precautionary measures and most likely to stop using Takata airbags that contain ammonium nitrate.