UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has announced a “special service campaign” (otherwise known as a product recall) to replace the inflator module in the airbag system on the front passenger side in various vehicle models. The current exercise involves around 21,000 units of the Toyota Vios, Corolla Altis and Alphard manufactured from January 2013 to December 2014 and which were officially sold by UMWT in Malaysia.

The defect is due to propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity and temperatures as well as high temperature cycling. The inflator module contains a non-desiccated, phase-stabilised ammonium nitrate propellant that may cause the rupture of the module.

Should such a situation occur, metal fragments will pass through the airbag as it inflates and shoot into the vehicle interior at high speed, leading to serious injury or death.

Parts for this campaign are currently being sourced by TMC and once the parts are available, UMWT will notify owners and request them to bring their cars to an authorised Toyota service centre to make the necessary replacements. The job should take anywhere from one to three hours, and all costs for the replacement will be borne by UMWT.

The latest recall is an expansion of the earlier campaigns announced by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) to rectify the Takata airbag issue that has resulted in the auto industry’s largest ever recall.

With safety of customers being the top priority, UMWT is urging the owners of the involved vehicles to contact any authorised Toyota service centre or call the Toyota Freephone at 1800-8-TOYOTA (869682). Owners can visit Toyota’s Special Service Campaign webpage to check whether their vehicle is involved, doing so via the online Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) checker.