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Toyota Recalls More Than 3 Million Vehicles

  • VOA Staff

A worker walks past a Toyota car at a Toyota showroom in Tokyo, Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

A worker walks past a Toyota car at a Toyota showroom in Tokyo, Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Toyota Motor Corporation has issued a recall for more than three million vehicles global for faulty airbags and defective emissions control units, the Japanese automaker said Wednesday.

Toyota recalled more than two-and-a-half million vehicles for emissions control unit defects just hours after it recalled nearly one-and-a-half million for potentially dangerous airbags.

The recall is not related to Takata - the airbag supplier responsible for massive recalls over the past few months.

The Prius hybrid, Prius plug-in, and the Lexus CT200h produced between October 2008 and April 2012 are being recalled for having small cracks in some of the airbag inflators that may expand and cause air bags on both the drivers' and passengers' sides to partially expand.

Another Prius model and some of Toyota's popular Corolla models produced between 2006 and 2015 have been recalled after Toyota found that their evaporative fuel emissions control units were prone to cracks, which could expand over time and lead to fuel leaks.

Toyota said it is not aware of any injuries or fatalities as a result of this defect.

This announcement is the latest in a string of airbag problems across multiple automakers that have resulted in recalls of over 100 million vehicles globally. At least 11 people have died from these faulty airbags, and some 100 more injured.

VOA's Steve Herman contributed to this report.

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