Take note of this if you own a Toyota.  Toyota announced today that it is recalling 1.43 million vehicles for defective air bags and 2.87 million vehicles for faulty fuel emissions controls although at this time Toyota Motor Corp. said it has not received any reports of injuries or fatalities related to either recall.


The first recall for defective air bags affects Prius hybrids, Prius plug-ins and Lexus CT200h vehicles made between October 2008 and April 2012 — 743,000 vehicles in Japan, 495,000 in North America, 141,000 in Europe, 9,000 in China and 46,000 in other regions.

Toyota said a small crack in some inflators in the air bags on the driver and passenger sides may expand, causing the air bags to partially inflate. The air bag manufacturer, Autoliv Inc. based in Stockholm, Sweden, said it is co-operating fully with the recall and in seven incidents, side curtain air bags in Prius cars partially inflated without a deployment signal. All of the cars were parked at the time with no one in them and there were no reported injuries, Autoliv said and the cause of the defect is still under investigation. Autoliv estimated the cost of the recall to it at $10 million to $40 million.


The second recall affects various Prius models, the Auris, Corolla, Zelas, Lucas and Lexus HS250h and CT200h produced from April 2006 through August 2015 — 1.55 million vehicles in Japan, 713,000 in Europe, 35,000 in China and 568,000 elsewhere, but none in North America.

Toyota said cracks can develop in the coating of emissions control parts called the canister, possibly leading to fuel leaks.

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