Toyota Motor Corp. announced Thursday that it is recalling 57,000 vehicles globally to replace faulty air bags made by Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp.
The vehicles being recalled are some Vitz subcompacts, called Yaris in some markets, and RAV4 crossover models made between December 2002 and March 2004, Reuters reported.
The recall involves about 40,000 vehicles in Japan, 6,000 in Europe and the rest in other markets outside North America, according to the report.
Toyota’s action follows a recall by rival Honda Motor Co. for the same problem two weeks ago after revelations of a fifth death, in Malaysia, linked to Takata’s air bag inflator.
Separately, Toyota’s small-car subsidiary Daihatsu Motor also issued a recall. The company is pulling 27,571 Mira mini-vehicles in Japan.
More than 16 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide since 2008 over Takata’s air bag inflators, which can explode with too much force and spray metal fragments into the car.
US regulators, meanwhile, on Wednesday ordered Takata to expand a regional recall of driver-side air bags to cover the entire United States, not just hot and humid areas where the air bag inflators are thought to become more volatile, the report said.
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