Toyota Ireland is carrying out a voluntary recall of two of their models
The recall may come as a shock to many considering the brand's impeccable reputation for reliability.
Toyota Ireland is carrying out a voluntary recall of their Corolla and Auris Models, according to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).
The CCPC confirmed that the subject vehicles involved in the recall are equipped with a single-stage front passenger air bag inflator (Takata-designated SPI-2) and are involved in a Takata inflator recall.
Toyota have also warned that there is possibility that some vehicles received a recall remedy in which the replacement inflator was installed in an incorrect orientation. This could result in insufficient sealing of the inflator to the air bag assembly; during deployment, generated gases could leak.
Should this occur, the front passenger air bag may not inflate as designed during deployment, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash. This recall affects 1,893 Toyota Corolla and Auris vehicles in the Irish market that were manufactured in October 2006 to 2012.
Toyota Ireland will be writing directly to all customers affected by this recall to arrange to have the airbag inspected and replaced.
Their correspondence will also advise consumers affected by this voluntary recall to contact their nearest Toyota Dealer/Authorised Repairer who will arrange to do the repair free of charge.
Toyota Ireland can be contacted on: 01 419 0222.
This is the third recall by Toyota in relation to issues with Takata airbags, the first being in April 2013 involving 26,000 Yaris, Corolla and Avensis models and the second back in May 2015 which involved 27,000 Toyotas and 15,500 Nissans.
Owners were contacted and the airbags were replaced.
Five years ago, Toyota confirmed the voluntary recall of 9,232 Yaris, 10,357 Auris, 14,112 Corolla and 2,392 RAV 4 vehicles.
That recall involved an issue with the Power Window Master Switch (PWMS), located in the driver’s door, which controls the windows for the driver and passengers.
The recall affected approximately 8,500 Irish registered vehicles.