Toyota announces massive car recall in South Africa

Toyota has initiated a recall of 700,000 vehicles in South Africa, according to a report by Reuters.

A Toyota official told the publication that 10 models, including Lexus, are affected.

The reason for the recall is defective Takata safety bags.

This airbag issue is not new to the motoring industry, with faulty Takata airbags the cause of multiple recalls across multiple car brands in recent years.

Toyota South Africa has a recall page on its website, which “aims to assist customers with immediate information on whether their car is affected by a recall”.

“Toyota SA Motors has initiated a recall campaign to replace Takata-produced front airbag inflators,” stated the website.

An issue with the inflators can cause them to rupture, resulting in metal fragments passing through the airbag cushion material, stated the page.

“Affected owners will be notified by a Toyota dealer to bring their vehicle in for the service action.”

Owners can also enter their car’s VIN on the site, using the “Is my vehicle affected” search function, to see if they fall into the recall campaign.

Update – Not a new recall

Toyota SA has issued a statement on the recall, posted below.

Toyota South Africa confirms that it is conducting a recall campaign related to potentially defective Takata airbag inflators.

This is not a new recall for Toyota SA, but an ongoing campaign that commenced in July 2015. It affects some 730,000 locally-sold Toyota and Lexus models (currently 10 different model ranges) produced between 2002 and 2015. Please note that airbags were not standard on all Toyota models produced during this period.

Toyota SA would like to stress that the Takata recall campaign is a precautionary measure as there have been no injuries or fatalities reported in South Africa linked to the potentially faulty airbag inflators.

Affected customers are contacted directly by Toyota SA as well as their dealers to bring their vehicles in for the repair which is conducted free of charge. Toyota SA has established a dedicated Takata Call Centre to locate affected customers.

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