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Automobile Industry Toyota to recall 15,000 vehicles with faulty airbags in Ghana

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Those vehicles may have airbags that are likely to explode when deployed, causing injury or even death.

Toyota Ghana has begun moves to recall about 15,000 of its vehicles with faulty Takata airbags for them to be replaced with the improved life-saving gadgets.

The vehicles affected include some Toyota models made from 2002 to 2014. Those vehicles may have airbags that are likely to explode when deployed, causing injury or even death.

About 16 deaths have been recorded worldwide following the defect.

The models

On the list in Ghana 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.

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Speaking at the 2017 Toyota users conference in Accra on Thursday, the Executive Director of Toyota Ghana, Dr Eric Darko, said the company had so far replaced about 2,500 of the faulty airbags.

According to him, his outfit had a list of all those who bought vehicles with the airbag challenge from it and was calling the customers involved one after the other to have the problem fixed.

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He, however, said the company was willing to change the airbags of even those who did not buy their vehicles from it for free.

“The only thing is if you have any car like that, let us know, if it is one of those cars that have been affected, we have an international system. We would check and replace it for free.

“We have some cars that have been in the system for a long time and it is believed that over time, the airbags functionality may not perform very well because of a number of factors, including heat. You just bring it and we will change the airbag system,” he said.