World's largest car maker Toyota is recalling around 7,100 units of its executive sedan Corolla in India manufactured between April 2007 and July 2008 to fix defective passenger side airbag supplied by under-fire Japanese component major Takata.

    This is the third recall of the Corolla in India within the last 12 months and is linked to Toyota's global recall of 2.86 million cars on June 25. Fellow Japanese firms Honda and Nissan have also recalled cars on numerous occasions to fix the same problem. More recalls are sure to follow.

    In May, the company had recalled Corolla vehicles sold in India between July 2003 and March 2007. Last November another recall for 5,834 units was carried out for diesel version of the car made between June 2010 and May 2011 for a separate problem to replace components contributing to engine oil entry into the air intake system.

    "As an expansion of the existing service campaign being held voluntarily by Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) and in line with the global recall by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), we have announced a special service campaign for passenger side air bag in the Corolla model to be extended to Corolla models manufactured during April 2007 till June 2008," the company said. "In addition to that, few vehicles which were manufactured between June 2008 and July 2008 fall under the 7 year mandate of voluntary recall code and for the same, and we will initiate a voluntary recall to inspect and rectify the vehicles. We confirm that no complaints have been received in India so far and this campaign has been extended in line with our global practices."

    The defect that may result in the airbag inflator being deployed incorrectly and with excessive force resulting in metal shrapnel hurtling towards drivers and passengers has resulted in a global crisis with more than 30 million recalls and at least 8 deaths in the US. It is already one of the largest car recalls globally.

    In May, Honda had recalled 11,381 units of premium sedan Accord, SUV CR-V and its Corolla rival Civic to replace a part in driver and passenger side airbag. In October last year, the company had recalled 2,338 units of its small car Brio, compact sedan Amaze and CR-V to replace airbags while around the same time Nissan had also recalled 9,000 units of its small car Micra and sedan Sunny for the same.

    India does not have mandatory guidelines for recalling cars but a voluntary code adopted by industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers in 2012 has resulted in more than 8 lakh cars being recalled till date.

There will be no OMG Oh My God! in UAE

  • Shalvi Mangaokari, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Sep 28, 2012 17:51 IST
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    Sonakshi Sinha has done her first item song Go Govinda in Akshay Kumar's home production OMG Oh My God.

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    "Almost immediately, my feet started tapping and I knew I'd have a blast dancing, more so since Prabhu sir will be my partner. I thoroughly ...

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    Prabhu Deva and Sonakshi Sinha in dance sequence Go Govinda.

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    It's a delight to watch Prabhu Deva dance.

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    It's Hera Pheri again, as Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal are set to appear together in the film OMG Oh My God.

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    Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar in Oh My God

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    Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal in a still from the film.

The film OMG Oh My God!, starring Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar, releases in India today. But as the makers pray for a good opening here, there is some bad news as well. The film hasn’t been given a green signal in the UAE due to the sensitive nature of its subject.

Vikram Malhotra, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures explains, “We haven’t been given an official statement yet, but from what we’ve been told, the content of the movie is too sensitive.”

When did the makers find out about this issue? Vikram says, “A couple of screenings were held by the authorities there. After reviewing the film, they concluded that the film is not acceptable to them.”

The film talks about religion and God, subjects which may hurt the sentiments of people. In the film, Paresh Rawal’s character files a case against God when he loses his faith after a storm destroys his shop. As the laws in UAE are stringent, it seems difficult for the film to get an approval for release at all.

 

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