Toyota Motor Corp has announced to 23,157 units of the Corolla Altis luxury sedan in India because of airbag issue. These airbags were manufactured by Takata Corp. The recall is India is part of the global recall of around 2.9 million units. According to the company, no other Toyota vehicles sold in India will be affected as of now.
The cars being recalled in India were manufactured between January 2010 and December 2012. All the owners of the Corolla Altis units manufactured between January 2010 and December 2012 will be notified by the company, and the faulty airbag inflator will be replaced free of cost.
Toyota is not the only automaker recalling vehicles over fault airbags. Many auto manufacturers – including BMW, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Subaru – use similar airbags in their vehicles, and some of them have also recalled their vehicles in the past few months. In January, Honda recalled over 41,500 units of Civic, Accord, City and Jazz models in India due to faulty airbags. The fault in Takata airbags is related to the inflators comprising ammonium nitrate. According to experts, this chemical compound could be unsafe if used without a drying agent. When exposed to heat for longer period of time, ammonium nitrate may explode or deploy causing a death or injury. Sixteen deaths have been reported in the US due to a sudden explosion of the airbag.
Last month, Toyota had launched the newest version of its global sedan – Corolla Altis. The interior space of the new Corolla Altis comes with stylish Instrument Panel with Soft Touch Dashboard. The new car also features LED headlamps, LED DRLs, and newly styled grille.
In 2012, Toyota had launched a limited edition ‘Aero’ version of the Altis. These units may also likely face airbag issues, considering their manufacturing dates.