UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd, distributor of Toyota vehicles in Malaysia today announced a recall for a certain number of Toyota vehicles sold in Malaysia for the replacement of the inflator modules of the front passenger side airbag.
This latest recall is an expansion of earlier recall by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) relating to certain vehicles equipped with airbag inflator modules. According to the automaker, the defect is due to propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures and high temperature cycling. Inflator modules which contain a non-desiccated, phase stabilized ammonium nitrate propellant may cause the rupture of the module. Should such a situation occur, metal fragments will pass through the airbag as it inflates and into the vehicle interior at high speed. As a result, serious injury or death could occur.
Based on information received from TMC, the number of affected Toyota Corolla Altis, Vios, Yaris and Alphard in Malaysia is around 42,000 units. The vehicles are manufactured from May 2010 to Dec 2012 and distributed by UMWT.
The company is aware that some of them are not the first owners and may not be contactable. Therefore, the company urges owners involved in this recall to contact any authorised Toyota service centre or call the Toyota Freephone at 1800-8-TOYOTA (869682).
TMC is currently working on obtaining the necessary parts for the recall. Once the parts are available, UMWT will notify owners to request them to bring their cars to an authorised Toyota service centre to make the necessary replacements which should take about 1 to 3 hours. All costs involved for the replacement will be borne by the company.
To further assist these owners, UMWT is setting up a Special Service Campaign (SSC) booth at the TOYOTA GO 2017 events that will be taking place in the month of April and May. The event will be held at various shopping malls including selected AEON Mall throughout Malaysia and will include airbag replacement. The company will announce the location details very soon.
In the meantime, you can visit Toyota’s Special Service Campaign webpage here to check whether your vehicle is involved, through Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Checker. For those who have uploaded the Toyota Drive Apps, there is also a link to Toyota’s SSC page and the VIN Checker.
Source: UMW Toyota Motor