Toyota Ireland recalls close to 12,000 vehicles due to potentially fatal issue with airbags
Toyota Ireland has issued a voluntary recall for close to 12,000 vehicles due to a potentially fatal issue with airbags.
The vehicles include Avensis, Corolla, Avensis Verso, and Yaris cars produced between February 2001 and July 2008.
Takata, the company which produces the airbags, has concerns that vehicles may be fitted with inflators which could degrade over time due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity.
A statement issued by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission says an inflator rupture may cause metal fragments to pass through the airbag and into the vehicle interior at high speed, which "may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants."
The recall affects 11,943 vehicles in the Republic of Ireland.
Toyota Ireland will be contacting all affected customers directly by mail to arrange to have their vehicles checked by their local Toyota Dealer or Authorised Repairer at a time convenient to them, and at no cost to the owner.
Alternatively a customer may log-on to Toyota’s website to check if their vehicle is affected and can avail of an on-line booking facility with their local Toyota Dealer or Authorised Repairer.