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TOYOTA AUSTRALIA AHEAD-OF-SCHEDULE TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL EXPANSION

Toyota Australia has today announced it will initiate future Takata recall campaigns ahead-of-schedule for approximately 82,756 Yaris sedan, Corolla and Avensis vehicles to replace previously installed passenger's front affected Takata airbag inflators. These vehicles were previously included in future Takata recalls scheduled for 31 December 2019.

In involved vehicles, the airbag is faulty and it could kill or seriously injure you and other people in your vehicle when it reaches six years after its year of manufacture.

There is no immediate known risk with the airbag but there will be in the future.

As the airbag gets older, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can affect airbags with the fault.

If you are involved in a collision, the airbag can go off with too much explosive force, causing sharp metal fragments to shoot out and kill or seriously injure people in the vehicle.

In this recall, these affected Takata airbag inflators will be replaced with parts produced by an alternate supplier. Parts for this ahead-of-schedule Takata airbag recall expansion are already available to commence replacement.

Affected vehicle owners will be initially notified by mail and asked to take their vehicle to their closest/preferred Toyota dealer for repair.

Replacement of the front passenger airbag inflator will take approximately one to two hours. However, depending on the Dealer's work schedule, it may be necessary to make a vehicle available for a slightly longer time.

All rectification works will be carried out free of charge.

A full list of impacted vehicles and the production periods can be found below for this ahead-of- schedule Takata airbag recall expansion.

Further information about the Takata airbag recalls is available at recalls.toyota.com.au.

If consumers are unsure whether their Toyota vehicle is affected by any of the Takata airbag recall campaigns, they can access the status of their vehicle and recall information at http://recalls.toyota.com.au or can call the Toyota Recall Campaign on 1800 987 366.

Free of charge translation services are available at www.tisnational.gov.au or the National Relay Service: https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/phone/services-people-disability/accesshub/national-relay-service is available to assist consumers who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.

Concerns regarding the Takata airbag recalls may be reported to the ACCC at: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/contact-us/for-consumers/make-an-enquiry

Toyota Australia apologises for any inconvenience caused by the Takata airbag recall campaigns.


Q1. Which models are involved?
A1. Please refer to the table below

Model Name

Model Code

WMI

VDS

CD

VIN Range

Production Period

From

To

From

To

CorollaZZE122AHT53ZEC#0650722406525226Aug-03Jun-05
54ZEC0650748207005464Mar-03Oct-05
JTDBR22E0004528103212267Oct-01Feb-07
BR23E0008551100140335May-02Aug-03
BR28E0004493103102829Oct-01Apr-04
ER22E0004333103195813Oct-01Sep-06
ER23E0013542700137859Jul-03Aug-03
KR22E0004417402048435Oct-01Mar-07
KR28E0004307402023457Oct-01Jul-05
YarisNCP93BT9030100016001420955Jan-06Nov-11
BT9230100016801399895Jan-06Aug-10
AvensisACM20JTEGH23B0000677105017264Oct-01Oct-03


Note:
1) Although the involved vehicles are within the above VIN ranges, not all vehicles in these VIN ranges were sold in the Australian market.
2) (#) indicates additional check digit (alpha or numeric)

Q2. How many vehicles are involved?
A2. 82,756 Toyota vehicles are involved in Australia.

Q3. What is the production period of the involved vehicles?
A3. The involved vehicles were produced between 2001 and 2011 depending on the model.

Q4. What is the condition?
A4. In involved vehicles, the airbag is faulty and it could kill or seriously injure you and other people in your vehicle when it reaches six years after its year of manufacture.

There is no immediate known risk with the airbag but there will be in the future.

As the airbag gets older, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can affect airbags with the fault.
If you are involved in a collision, the airbag can go off with too much explosive force, causing sharp metal fragments to shoot out and kill or seriously injure people in the vehicle.

Q5. What is the function of the inflator?
A5. The inflator is a device contained within the airbag assembly. It contains a solid propellant which is ignited in the event airbag deployment is necessary. When ignited, the solid propellant expands into an inert gas, inflating the airbag.

Q6. Are there any other Toyota models covered by this campaign?
A6. No. There are no other Toyota models covered by this campaign.

Q7. Why are other models not covered by this campaign?
A7. Other Toyota vehicles with affected Takata airbag inflators are already under active recall. Details of the Takata recall campaign and recall initiation schedule (which will be updated in due course to reflect this ahead-of-schedule Takata airbag recall expansion) can be found at www.recalls.toyota.com.au

Q8. Are there any warnings that this condition has occurred?
A8. No. There are no warnings that this condition exists.

Q9. What is Toyota going to do?
A9. Toyota will notify owners in a number of ways (including by mail, phone and email) to make an appointment with any authorised Toyota Dealer to have the rectification completed.

Toyota Dealers will perform required rectification FREE OF CHARGE to the vehicle owner.

Q10. How long will the repair take?
A10. This repair will take approximately two hours. However, depending upon the Dealer's work schedule, it may be necessary to make your vehicle available for a longer period of time.

Q.11. Why was a 'like for like' inflator previously fitted as a replacement in my vehicle?
A.11. To immediately secure safety in the face of parts supply challenges globally, new Takata produced inflators without desiccant have been used as replacement parts.

Best evidence says that the use of Takata non-desiccated inflators as replacements removes immediate risk; however to ensure long-term safety, Takata non-desiccated inflators also require replacement 6 years from the date of installation.

Toyota understands and regrets that a further airbag replacement is an inconvenience, however this interim action has been necessary to ensure your safety.

Q12. Will the replacement parts be Takata inflators?
A12. No, the replacement parts for this recall will be manufactured by alternate suppliers (not Takata).

Q13: Am I able to continue to operate my vehicle until this recall is completed?
A13: There is no immediate known risk with the airbag but there will be in the future. Therefore, we urge owners to get in contact with their nearest/preferred dealer to arrange repair as soon as they are notified of the recall.

Q14. What if an owner has additional questions or concerns?
A14. The following specialised resources are available for Toyota owners:
Check the status of their Toyota vehicle and access recall information at http://recalls.toyota.com.au
Call the Toyota Recall Campaign Helpline on 1800 987 366. Please quote your 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

Q15. Where can I find my VIN?
A15. VIN number location varies by model. For information on how to find the VIN position specific to your vehicle, please search "vehicle identification number" in the alphabetical index at the rear of your Owner's Manual.

Additional resources available:
Free of charge translation services: www.tisnational.gov.au
National Relay Service: https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/phone/services-people-disability/accesshub/national-relay-service
Concerns may be reported to the ACCC at: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/contact-us/for-consumers/make-an-enquiry

Toyota Australia apologises for any inconvenience caused by the Takata airbag recall campaigns.

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For more information, please contact:

Emily Haseloff
Senior Public Affairs Specialist - Corporate
Mob: 0437 811 508
emily.haseloff@toyota.com.au

Brodie Bott
Manager, Public Affairs
Mob: 0448 027 143
brodie.bott@toyota.com.au




 
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