The video above starts off by saying “accidents can happen to anyone, at anytime.” True, and if the unfortunate happens, you won’t want the device that’s meant to save your life to potentially do the opposite. We are of course talking about those faulty Takata airbag inflators that can explode with excessive force, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.

The crash doesn’t have to be a major one for the unstable airbag inflators to cause damage. Some have died not from the impact of the crash, but from shrapnel released by the airbags.

The defect is due to propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high humidity and temperatures. The inflators contain a non-desiccated, phase stabilised ammonium nitrate propellant that may cause the rupture of the module. If it does, metal fragments will pass through the airbag as it inflates and shoot into the cabin, leading to possible serious injury or death.

The auto industry’s biggest ever recall has affected many car manufacturers, and Toyota is one of them. The most recent expansion of UMW Toyota Motor’s recall was in March this year, when around 42,000 units of the Corolla Altis, Vios, Yaris and Alphard manufactured between May 2010 and December 2012 were added to the list.

In October 2016, UMWT recalled around 80,000 units of the Vios, Corolla Altis, Yaris and Alphard manufactured between October 2007 and December 2011. Grey imports are covered as well.

How to check if your car is affected? Key in your car’s VIN number at this page by UMWT or via Toyota’s app. One can also call Toyota by phone or drive to a service centre.

If for some reason you own or drive a car that has been recalled but have not acted on it, please do not wait any longer – head to your respective service centres, Toyota or not, to get the faulty airbag inflators replaced. Know of anyone who drives a car listed here? Tell them, remind them, scare them even – accidents can happen to anyone, at anytime.