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Following Toyota’s global recall of 1.4 million Toyota Prius, Prius Plug-in Hybrid and the Lexus CT200h for a problem with their curtain shield airbag modules, UMW Toyota has announced a recall for the Prius and CT200h that were sold in the Malaysian market.

There are actually two separate recalls (or special service campaigns) that have been announced for the vehicles. The first one covers the curtain shield airbag issue, which involves 3,500 units of the Prius and around 1,700 units of the CT200h. Affected Prius models are those produced between April 2009 and April 2012, while the CT200h units were produced between December 2010 and April 2012.

In these two models, curtain shield airbags are located in the left and right side roof rails. Each curtain shield airbag inflator is composed of compressed gas in one chamber and propellant in another; these chambers are welded together.

The company says that some inflators could have a small crack in the welded area, and if the crack spreads over time, the welded portion could separate. If an inflator separates, the curtain shield airbag could partially deploy and the inflator could be ejected into the vehicle interior. If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury.

To rectify the issue, the cars will be fitted with retention brackets on the curtain shield airbag inflators. These retention brackets serve as protectors to prevent the inflator chambers from being ejected into the cabin. The company says the corrective work will take approximately two to four hours, subject to the work schedule at the service centre.

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The second recall is for the evaporative fuel emission control (or charcoal canister), again involving both models.The number of units affected are around 6,000 units of Prius (produced between April 2009 and November 2013) and 3,000 units of the CT200h (produced between December 2010 and December 2013).

The recall for this two models relates to an evaporative fuel emissions control unit (canister) mounted in the fuel tank. There is a possibility that cracks could develop in the coating of the emissions channel due to improper shaping of portions of the channel. As a result of this condition, the cracks could expand over time and, eventually, fuel may leak from these cracks when the car has a full tank of fuel.

Rectification work will see the faulty fuel suction plate sub-assembly being replaced. The work will take approximately two to three hours, again subject to the work schedule at the service centre.

Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified and requested to bring their cars to an authorised Toyota or Lexus service centre for the necessary remedies to be carried out. Owners will not be charged anything for the labour and parts involved as UMW Toyota Motor will bear all costs.

Owners who do not receive any notification can obtain clarification by calling the Toyota and Lexus free-phone at 1800-8-TOYOTA (869682) or 1800-8-LEXUS (53987). They can also visit authorised Toyota or Lexus service centres for assistance.