An urgent recall has been issued for around 6,000 Toyota Corollas fitted with potentially deadly Takata airbags.
The affected vehicles include Toyota Corollas ZZE122 and ZZE123 MY 2003-2005.
The cars are already under a voluntary recall for the driver’s side airbag, however Toyota has recently been advised by Toyota Motor Corporation Japan that the affected vehicles also contain Takata PSAN passenger airbags, which are subject to the current compulsory recall.
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It comes after two passengers in Sydney suffered injuries including burns and cuts by flying metal shrapnel from the passenger airbags, which misdeployed when a 2004 Toyota Corolla rear-ended another vehicle in late August.
“These Takata airbags are dangerous and can explode with too much force which can send sharp metal fragments into the vehicle cabin at high speed, potentially killing or seriously injuring its occupants,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
“As other vehicles may be added to the existing compulsory recall list from time to time, please check if your vehicle is affected even if you have checked before, by visiting www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au. It takes less than a minute and could save lives,” she added.
“Please do not ignore any correspondence from your manufacturer about the Takata airbag recall. If your vehicle is under recall, please act now to arrange for a free replacement,” Ms Rickard said.
To date, there have been more than 320 injuries associated with Takata PSAN airbags worldwide.
In Australia, in addition to this new incident, there has been one death and one serious injury reported.