TOYOTA has announced it will recall nearly 180,000 additional vehicles due to potentially faulty Takata airbags.
Models affected in this recall are the Avensis Verso, Corolla and Yaris with build dates between March 2007 and December 2011.
These cars join previously recalled Toyota models built between 2003 and 2008 (including Corolla, Yaris and RAV4) numbering nearly 200,000.
The airbags were made by Japanese company Takata, which supplies airbags to numerous car companies. Other brands affected and have had to make mass vehicle recalls for fixes include Honda, Mazda, Nissan, BMW, Subaru and Mitsubishi, in what has been the largest global car recall event in history.
Toyota says this latest recall is due to the possibility that the front passenger airbag inflators may be susceptible to moisture intrusion over time. If this happens, this could potentially make the inflator assembly prone to rupture during an accident, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant.
The company said it would notify all affected vehicle owners by mail within the next few weeks, and that replacement part availability and fixes would begin during the second quarter of 2017.
It will take between one and three hours to replace the front passenger airbag inflator, and will be carried out free of charge.
Toyota emphasised that no incidents or injuries had been reported in Australia due to the offending part in its vehicles.
It has set up a recall campaign helpline for owners to ask questions or discover if their car is affected, on 1800 987 366.
The government also has a website listing car recalls at productsafety.gov.au/recalls
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