This is the third recall of Toyota Corolla sedan in India in the past 12 months undertaken by the Japanese automaker.
This recall is linked to the company’s global recall of 2.86 million cars and follows recalls by other Japanese automakers Nissan and Honda for the rectification of the same problem. In May, Toyota Kirloskar Motors recalled all Corollas manufactured during the period July 2003 and March 2007 while in November 2014, 5,834 units of Corolla diesel variant produced between June 2010 and May 2011 were recalled due to defective components causing entry of engine oil into the car’s air intake system.
The defective airbags on board the Corolla sedans were supplied by Japanese component major Takata wherein it is noticed that the defective mechanism may cause airbag inflator to get deployed even when not required. This could result in excessive force causing flying metal shrapnel to endanger both driver and passengers. This has already resulted in death of 8 persons in the US.
A voluntary recall of Toyota Corolla sedan has been initiated by the company to inspect and rectify the fault in all vehicles manufactured during the period April 2007 and July 2008. This will be conducted at company service centers free of cost to customer.