Updated: January 30, 2013 11:34 AM | By AFP

Toyota to recall 900,000 cars over airbag problem



Japanese auto giant Toyota said Wednesday it would recall more than 900,000 vehicles in Canada, Japan, Mexico and the United States because of an airbag problem.

Toyota will replace parts used in some 907,000 hatchbacks, named Voltz in Japan and Corolla and Corolla Matrix overseas, and produced between 2001 and 2004, a company spokesman said.

The control unit of the vehicles' airbags could be damaged by minor electrical noise, and "the airbag could open wrongly in a worst scenario," the spokesman said.

At least 47 cases of the malfunction had been reported, mainly in the United States.

"Two of them may be linked to accidents but there has been no death-related report," the spokesman said, adding that Toyota would exchange the troubled parts under each country's recall guidelines.

© 2013 AFP

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