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It seems that recalls stemming from the Takata airbag inflator fiasco will just keep on expanding. Toyota is now calling back some 5.8 million more cars worldwide – including those already recalled in 2010 – according to a Reuters report. This comes after Takata agreed earlier this year to declare more of its airbag components as defective, under pressure from authorities in the United States – leading to a spate of additional recalls.

The issue centres around a chemical compound used as a propellant in the inflators, which can explode with excessive force after prolonged exposure to hot and humid conditions. The defect has been linked to at least 16 deaths around the world, mostly in the US – but also includes four in Malaysia.

The latest recall from Toyota involves driver and passenger airbags fitted to cars produced between May 2000 and November 2001 and between April 2006 and December 2014 – models affected include the Corolla, Yaris, Vios, Hilux and Etios.

Of the 5.8 million-unit headline figure, around 1.16 million are located in Japan, 820,000 in China and 1.47 million in Europe. Central and South America, Africa, the Near and Middle East, Singapore and Malaysia are also affected – over here, UMW Toyota issued a recall on Thursday involving around 80,000 vehicles.

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Also included in the recall are 20,000 vehicles that were already fitted with replacement Takata inflators during a 2010 recall – these do not contain a drying agent, so they are now also seen to be at risk of exploding. Transport authorities worldwide are now considering inflators without a drying agent to be unsafe, and are ordering all of them to be withdrawn.

Carmakers have been calling back around 100 million Takata airbag inflators worldwide since the expansion of the recall in May. The Japanese parts maker is seeking a financial investor to cover huge liabilities stemming from the recall, and has been discussing its survival options with potential sponsors and car-making clients.

You can read more details of UMW Toyota’s latest recall here, which involves the Corolla Altis, Vios, Yaris and Alphard manufactured between October 2007 and December 2011. The recall is part of this greater worldwide recall initiated by Toyota Motor Corporation.