Local Toyota distributor UMW Toyota Motor has announced that its recall of Takata airbags has been expanded, this time concerning the front passenger airbag. In total, around 42,000 units of the Corolla Altis, Vios, Yaris and Alphard, manufactured between May 2010 and December 2012, have been affected.

As before, the problem is caused by a defective airbag inflator, which contains a non-desiccated, phase-stabilised ammonium nitrate propellant that degrades after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity, temperatures and cycling between low and high temperatures.

As such, the inflator module could rupture when the airbag is deployed, causing metal fragments to pass through the airbag and into the cabin at high speed, potentially resulting in serious injury or death. The Toyota Motor Corporation is currently obtaining the necessary components for the recall, and UMW Toyota will notify owners to bring their cars to authorised dealers once the parts are available.

Replacing the airbag will take between one and three hours, and all costs will be borne by UMW Toyota. The company has also escalated efforts to notify owners about the recall, and as it is aware that some owners may not be contactable after the vehicles have changed hands, it urges owners involved in the recall to contact any authorised service centre, or call Toyota’s Freephone hotline at 1800-88-69682.

Owners will also be able to check if their car is involved by visiting Toyota’s Special Service Campaign website, using a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) checker. The Toyota Drive smartphone app will also have a link to the site and the checker.

The company is also setting up a booth, which will be able to conduct airbag replacements, at its Toyota Go 2017 events in April and May. The events will be held at various shopping malls, including selected AEON Mall outlets across Malaysia.