Toyota to recall 20,000 cars over defect in airbag
Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30
Toyota is recalling around 20,000 well-known models in Ireland over front passenger side airbag defects.
Yaris, Corolla and Avensis vehicles produced between November 2000 and March 2004 are affected.
They are part of a near 2.3 million global recall, many for the second time, to replace faulty airbag inflators.
Toyota is instructing dealers to begin replacing suspect inflators in all vehicles affected in a recall last year.
Previously it had asked dealers just to replace inflators that were found to be defective.
A spokesman said: "We have judged that it is more certain to replace everything."
The manufacturer said further fixes may be required.
In all, it called back 1.62 million vehicles outside of Japan that it recalled last year as well as 650,000 more in Japan not previously recalled.
The additional vehicles brought to more than seven million the total number of cars equipped with Takata air bags to be called back worldwide over the last five years.
Toyota expanded its recall because Takata said it had discovered record-keeping errors at a Mexican plant where potentially faulty air-bag inflators were made in 2001 and 2002.
Toyota's expanded recall comes at a time when General Motors is under intense scrutiny over why it took more than a decade to discover a defective ignition switch.