Toyota Motor Corp on Wednesday recalled 2.87 million vehicles worldwide over a possible fault with their evaporative fuel emissions control unit, hours after aa recall of 1.43 million vehicles globally for defective air bags inflators.
The recall for emission control unit covers Toyota vehicles produced between April 2006 and August 2015, and includes the Japanese automaker’s gasoline hybrid Prius model, the Auris compact hatchback and Corolla compact models.
The 1.43 million vehicles recalled include Prius and Lexus models worldwide because of a possible airbag inflator defect, although it is not part of the massive recalls of Takata air bags, the Japanese automaker said on Wednesday.
A small crack in some inflators in the air bags in the driver and passenger sides may expand, causing the air bags to partially inflate. Toyota Motor Corp also denied knowing of any fatalities or injuries related to the latest recalls.
The airbag defect recall include Prius hybrid, Prius plug-in and the Lexus CT200h produced between October 2008 and April 2012. Here’s the region wise split:
Japan - 743,000 vehicles
North America - 495,000 vehicles
Europe - 141,000 vehicles
China - 9,000 vehicles
Other regions - 46,000 vehicles
The air bags were not made by Takata, according to Toyota. The announcement by Toyota means that overall the total numbers of recalls because of airbag worries likely now tally more than 100 million globally.
Faulty air bags are responsible for 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. Three more deaths are under investigation in Malaysia.