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Toyota recalls NZ cars over airbag fears

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/03/2017

Toyota is recalling almost 6000 cars in New Zealand because of concerns over how their airbags inflate.

The latest recall applies to 4313 Corolla and 1490 Yaris manufactured in 2009 due to issues with the inflator for the passenger side airbag, made by Japanese supplier Takata.

Takata's defective airbag inflators have forced car makers to recall about 100 million vehicles globally.

In New Zealand, 41,066 new cars have now been recalled because of the passenger airbag, while 113,804 new and used cars have been affected around the world.

The car maker said no-one had been injured by an airbag going off unnecessarily.

"Toyota New Zealand is not aware of any faulty deployments in Toyota or Lexus vehicles associated with the global airbag recall," it said in a statement.

It also said it was working to secure replacement parts for the Takata airbags with the inflator to be replaced free of charge and taking 2.5 to 5 hours to install.

The car maker is also investigating how many second hand imported car might be affected by the new recall.

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