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Toyota recalls 2.27 million vehicles globally over airbag

AFP-JIJI

Toyota said Wednesday it’s recalling 2.27 million vehicles worldwide over an airbag system defect that could cause a fire.

The world’s biggest automaker, which has now recalled about 9 million vehicles in the past two months, said the announcement covers about 20 models, including the Corolla sedan and Yaris subcompact.

The fire risk from the defect covers about 1.62 million cars abroad and 650,000 in Japan, Toyota said.

“There is a risk that the airbag container could break down and scatter around, which could cause fire or injuries,” the carmaker said in a statement submitted to the transport ministry.

It did not elaborate on details of the potential fire hazard, but a Toyota spokesman in Tokyo said the automaker had received a complaint from a Japanese customer who said his passenger seat was burned due to the glitch.

The spokesman added that no serious injuries or accidents linked to the defect had been reported.