Toyota NZ recalls 5803 cars over Takata airbags

Toyota New Zealand have announced a recall of nearly 6000 New Zealand-new vehicles which contain faulty airbags made by Takata.

The Takata recall has affected over 19 car markers and 100 million vehicles worldwide, with faulty installations stretching back over a decade.

A further imported 4313 Corolla and 1490 Yaris vehicles manufactured in 2009 have been included in the global recall, with Toyota citing concerns with the passenger side airbag inflator.

This brings the total number of New Zealand vehicles affected, including New Zealand-new and used cars, to 113,804.  

More than 26,000, or 22 per cent of New Zealand owners affected by the Takata airbag recall, have been told their replacement airbag is available.

Replacing the faulty inflator will take between two-and-a-half to five hours to install, and is free of charge.

Investigations by Toyota into how many second-hand imported vehicles were affected by this latest recall are ongoing.

Toyota will contact affected owners once they are identified. Concerned owners can fill out a recall form on the Toyota website for further information. 

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