Toyota Recall May 2015

Toyota Australia is initiating safety recalls for certain vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators.

In Australia approximately 181,000 vehicles built between 2003 and 2007 are involved, including Corolla, Yaris, Avensis Verso, Echo and RAV4. A full list of impacted vehicles and the production periods can be found below.

These recalls are due to the potential that, depending on the vehicle, either the driver’s or passenger’s airbag inflators may be susceptible to moisture intrusion over time.

If this happens, this could potentially make the inflator assembly prone to rupture during an accident, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant.

There have been no incidents or injuries reported in Australia as a result of this condition.

Affected vehicle owners will be notified of the recall by mail and will be informed when parts become available.

Replacement parts are presently being prepared and, due to the number of vehicles impacted globally, it is anticipated that sufficient parts will be available to commence recall repairs by early next year.

When parts are available, all affected vehicle owners will again be advised by mail and asked to take their vehicle to any authorised Toyota dealer. Depending on the vehicle, either the driver’s or passenger’s airbag inflator will be replaced free of charge. The replacement will take approximately 1.5 hours.

For further information, Toyota owners can contact the Toyota recall campaign helpline on 1800 987 366 or visit www.toyota.com.au.

Background

Toyota Australia has previously announced a recall for airbag inflators on some of these vehicle models, applying to different production date ranges.

This means that none of the vehicles announced in today’s recall were impacted in the previous campaigns and owners are not being contacted twice about the same issue.

Since the previous recalls were announced, Toyota Motor Corporation has been conducting various investigations on Takata-produced airbag inflators.

Among the parts collected from the overseas markets, certain types of airbag inflators were found to have a potential for moisture intrusion over time. As a result, they could be susceptible to abnormal deployment in a crash.

Globally, for certain types of front passenger’s and front driver’s airbag inflators which could be susceptible to deploy abnormally, we are either initiating a new recall or expanding the production period of our existing recalls to involve approximately 5 million additional Toyota vehicles worldwide.

*** Please refer to the table below for more information on the vehicles involved in the Australian campaign.

 ******IF YOUR VEHICLE IS ONE OF THE AFFECTED IN THE LIST BELOW, YOU WILL BE CONTACT BY TOYOTA AUSTRALIA SHORTLY. PLEASE BE PATIENT. THERE IS NO NEED TO RING THE DEALERSHIP AT THIS POINT IN TIME. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH SOMEONE, PLEASE CALL THE RECALL HOTLINE ON 1800 987 366*******

Impacted vehicles
Model Impacted airbag Production period Impacted vehicles
Echo Driver airbag 1 July 2003 – 25 October 2005 27,444
RAV4 Driver airbag 31 July 2003 – 25 October 2005 28,945
Corolla ZZE122 (JTD) Passenger airbag 23 May 2003 to 1 March 2007 75,119
Corolla ZZE122 (AHT) Passenger airbag 16 May 2003 – 2 July 2005
Corolla ZZE123 Passenger airbag 09 May 2003 to 19 October 2005
Yaris NCP90 Passenger airbag 19 August 2005 to 30 March 2007 44,812
Yaris NCP91 Passenger airbag 19 August 2005 to 30 March 2007
Yaris NCP93 Passenger airbag 16 January 2006 – 30 March 2007
Avensis Verso ACM21 Passenger airbag 01 October 2003 – 30 March 2007 4,615
Avensis Verso ACM20 Passenger airbag 23 May 2003 – 1 October 2003

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