Number of vehicles needing repair more than doubles as company says cracks could cause fuel leakage coming on top of faulty welds on airbag inflators

A recall initially announced by Toyota over airbag faults has ballooned to 3.37m vehicles after the carmaker said there were problems with emissions control systems as well.

The company on Wednesday said it was recalling 2.87m cars over the latest fault. That followed an announcement late on Tuesday that 1.43m cars needed repairs over a separate issue involving air bag inflators.

About 930,000 cars were affected by both potential defects, Toyota said. Because of that overlap, the total number of vehicles recalled was 3.37m.

No injuries had been linked to either issue, Toyota said.

The evaporative fuel emissions control units in models produced from 2006 to 2015 including the Prius, Auris compact hatchback and Corolla were prone to cracks, which could lead to fuel leaks over time, it said.

Of the 2.87m vehicles recalled for this reason, Toyota said 1.55m were in Japan; 713,000 in Europe; 35,000 in China; and 568,000 in other areas.

Late on Tuesday Toyota recalled Prius models and Lexus CT200h cars made from 2010 to 2012 over air bag inflators that could have a small crack in a weld, which could lead to the separation of the inflator chambers.

Sweden-based Autoliv Inc confirmed it supplied the air bag inflators involved and about 90% of them inflators were in Prius cars.

Autoliv said it was aware of seven incidents where a side curtain air bag had partially inflated in parked Toyota Prius cars but no injuries were reported.

With Reuters

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jun/30/toyota-expands-recall-to-337m-cars-over-airbags-and-emissions-control

Toyota expands recall to 3.37m cars over airbags and emissions control
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