Toyota Motor Corp, the world's largest automobile manufacturer, said on Thursday that it would globally recall about 1.73 million vehicles produced between November 2000 and March 2004 to rectify defective airbags, covering a select lot of its premium sedan Corolla in India, sold and produced from January to June 2003.
The company refused to give out the exact number of vehicles being covered in this recall.
Its Japanese counterparts Honda and Nissan also announced recalls for the same problem on Thursday, though none of their India cars are affected. The three carmakers are recalling 3.4 million vehices globally.
The airbags were given by a common supplier, Japan's Takata Corp, the world's second largest in the business, which also supplies to some non-Japanese car makers such as Daimler AG and Ford.
"In line with the recall announced by Toyota Motor Corporation globally, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) through its authorised dealers will contact the affected vehicle owners," a TKM spokesperson said, adding that the company has not received any complaint yet regarding the problem of the Corolla from any customer.
The front passenger airbags could have been assembled with improperly manufactured inflator propellant wafers. This can cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in a crash.