The Japanese automaker recalled nearly 3.4 million cars worldwide over separate possible issues with airbags and emissions control units.
Earlier this week, the world’s biggest automaker said it would conduct a worldwide safety campaign affecting 1.43 million 2010 – 2012 Prius hybrids, 2010 and 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrids and 2011 and 2012 Lexus CT 200h compact models. The involved vehicles are fitted with curtain shield airbags that have two chambers welded together. Toyota said it discovered that some inflators could have a small crack in the welded area joining the chambers, which could grow over time and lead to the separation of the chambers in vehicles parked and unoccupied for a period of time and risk injuring the passengers. The company mentioned the inflators were not made by the Japanese auto supplier Takata. Toyota and Lexus dealers will install retention brackets on the curtain shield to prevent the chambers from separating. This flow affects around 482,000 cars in the United States.
The automaker also issued another recall for 2.87 million cars over a possible fault in the emissions control unit, including Prius hybrids, Auris compact hatchbacks and Corolla compacts, models produced from 2006 to 2015. Toyota said fuel emissions control canisters could crack and result in leaks when the vehicles have full tanks of gas. About 932,000 vehicles are involved in both recalls, according to the announcement, thus taking the total number of affected cars to 3.37 million.