Toyota Ghana has taken action to evoke about 15,000 of its vehicles with out of order Takata airbags for them to be replaced with the improved life-saving gadgets.
There are some Toyota models made from 2002 to 2014 and may have airbags that are flat to exploding when positioned, throwing fiery metal fragments into drivers and passengers that could cause injury or even death.
Internationally, at least 16 deaths are now linked to the defect, including five in Malaysia, that prompted the recall of nearly 100 million airbag inflators worldwide by more than a dozen automakers. An airbag is an hot-air balloon cushion designed to protect automobile occupant from serious injury in the case of a collision. A feature in luxurious vehicles, it is gradually becoming a standard feature in most vehicles.
In Ghana on the list are IMV Hilux (2003 to 2014); IMV Fortuner (2003 to 2014); Avensis (2003 to 2008); Yaris (2006 to 2008); Corrola (2002 to 2014) and RAV4 (2003 to 2005) models.
The Executive Director of Toyota Ghana, Dr Eric Darko,At the 2017 Toyota users’ said at the conference in Accra on Thursday, the company had so far replaced about 2,500 of the faulty airbags.
He said Toyota Ghana had a list of all those who bought vehicles with the airbag challenge from it and was calling the customers one by one to have the problem fixed.
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