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Toyota recalling 72,000 cars in UK amid safety concerns

Published 29/06/2016

Toyota is recalling thousands of its vehicles amid the air bag concerns
Toyota is recalling thousands of its vehicles amid the air bag concerns

Tens of thousands of Toyota cars are being recalled in the UK over safety concerns.

Some 72,885 UK-registered Prius, Auris and Lexus CT200h models are being recalled over possible cracks in the fuel emissions control unit.

Just under half of these vehicles (34,135) could also have a small crack in inflators in the air bags in the driver and passenger sides which may expand, causing the air bags to partially inflate.

Toyota said it did not know of any injuries related to the latest recalls.

"There is a possibility that cracks could develop in the coating of the emissions channel due to improper shaping of portions of the channel," Toyota said.

"As a result of this condition, the cracks could expand over time and, eventually, fuel may leak from these cracks when the vehicle has a full tank of petrol.

"We have not received any report of accidents, injuries or fatalities linked to this issue."

About 2.8 million vehicles are being recalled globally over fears of cracks in the fuel emissions control unit, of which 713,000 are in Europe.

A total of 1.43 million Prius hybrid, Prius plug-in and Lexus CT200h models are being recalled globally over the defective air bag concerns, which are separate from the recalls of Takata air bags.

The models are sold widely across Europe and out of the 141,000 vehicles affected across the continent, nearly a quarter are British.

The Netherlands has the second largest number of cars being recalled (22,319) in Europe over air bag fears, followed by France with 15,260.

Elsewhere, 743,000 vehicles in Japan, 495,000 in North America, 9,000 in China and 46,000 in other regions are being recalled.

All of the 72,885 UK vehicles affected were manufactured between April 2006 and August 2015, with those recalled over air bag concerns produced between October 2008 and August 2012.

Customers can check whether their vehicle is affected using a registration look-up function in the owners' section of the main Toyota and Lexus websites, and a recall helpline has been set up.

Vehicle inspections and repairs will be provided at no charge, Toyota said.

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