Toyota recalling 1.43 million hybrids worldwide for air bag issue
Toyota is recalling 1.43 million hybrid Prius and Lexus CT200h cars worldwide because of a possible airbag inflator defect.
The recall, announced late on Tuesday, covers 2010-2012 vehicles with air bag inflators that could have a small crack in a weld, which could lead to the separation of the inflator chambers.
The air bag could partially inflate and the inflator could enter the vehicle interior, increasing the risk of injury, Toyota said.
The recall covers 482,000 US vehicles and the air bag inflators involved in this recall were not produced by Takata, Victor Vanov, Toyota spokesman, said.
The company said it was not aware of any injuries or deaths related to the recall.
Toyota and other carmakers have over the past years been rocked by millions of recalls over problems with airbags supplied by supplier company Takata.
Shigehisa Takada, Takata's Chief Executive Officer, signalled his intention to step down after the air-bag supplier completes a restructuring made necessary by the biggest recall in the history of the automotive industry.
Mr Takada, the grandson of the company’s founder, said on Tuesday he would hand off his job to someone else after the company finds a way to overcome its crisis, according to shareholders who attended the company’s annual meeting in Tokyo.
Mr Takada told shareholders he would take responsibility in containing recalls and finding a path to restructure the business, a spokeswoman said.
“I don’t think he handled the issue well,” Morihiro Hashimoto, a 76-year-old shareholder from Kanagawa, said after attending the meeting. “His resignation should be positive for the stock price.”
In October, Toyota recalled 6.5 million vehicles worldwide over a power window glitch that presented a fire risk.
In the preceding months, it doubled a recall of airbags to nearly 34 million vehicles, creating the largest automotive recall in American history.
In 2014, Toyota recalled 1.9 million of its Prius hybrids, 30,790 of which were UK-registered, because of a computer problem that could cause the vehicle to stop.