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Toyota recalls 271 vehicles in Brunei

A TOTAL of 271 Toyota vehicles in Brunei are affected by the recent global recall of about 1.43 million vehicles involving airbag inflator issues, the local dealer for the Japanese automaker said the day before yesterday.

In an email, a representative of NBT (B) Sdn Bhd said 40 Prius and 231 Lexus CT200h units in Brunei have been recalled for an issue involving airbag inflators that may have a small crack which could get bigger over time.

In a press statement in June 2016, Toyota said one or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle due to escaping compressed gas which results in partial inflation of the curtain shield air bag. The affected models are the mentioned vehicles made from 2010 to 2012.

“If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury,” Toyota said.

The NBT official said the company will inform its customers by an official letter.

“We will be ordering the parts before requesting customers to bring in their vehicles,” he said.

He said the repair—which involves installing retention brackets on the curtain shield air bag inflators—won’t be of no cost to the customers.

“These retention brackets serve as protectors to prevent the inflator chambers from entering the vehicle interior if separation occurs,” he said.

About two weeks ago, Reuters reported Toyota recalled 3.37 million cars due to worldwide potential defects involving airbags and emissions control units.

The Japanese automaker said it was recalling 2.87 million cars due to possible fault in emissions control units. This was then followed by another announcement for the recall of 1.43 million cars over the airbag inflator issue.

Reuters said some of Toyota’s gasoline-electric hybrid Prius models contain both of the potential defects which pushed the number of vehicles affected by the recalls to 3.37 million.

The Brunei Times

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