More than 80,000 Toyota vehicles fitted with potentially fatal Takata airbags have been added to the major national recall.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said the recent recall relates to the passenger side front airbag inflators in the cars.
A total of 82,756 Toyota Yaris, Corolla and Avensis vehicles have been affected.
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“As it gets older, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause the airbag inflator propellant to degrade,” the recall notice reads.
“If an affected vehicle is involved in a collision triggering the airbag, the metal inflator housing may explode/rupture under too much internal pressure.”
The ACCC said that if the airbag inflator ruptures “metal fragments could propel out through the airbag cushion towards the vehicle occupants causing serious injury or fatality.”
Owners of affected vehicles are being urged to contact their local Toyota dealership or Toyota’s head office directly via the website at https://www.toyota.com.au/contact or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a replacement airbag inflator free of charge.
Consumers who are unsure whether they are affected can also use Toyota’s VIN look-up tool at http://recalls.toyota.com.au/ or contact Toyota on 1800 987 366 or contact their preferred dealer.
To see if your car is involved in the recall, click here.