Toyota Recalls 820,000 Cars in China Over Defective Takata Airbags
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Toyota Recalls 820,000 Cars in China Over Defective Takata Airbags

(Yicai Global) Oct. 27 -- Japanese carmaker giant Toyota Motor Corp. is to recall a further 5.8 million cars worldwide fitted with rupture-prone airbags made by car safety product maker Takata Corp. The recall affects 820,000 cars sold in China.

Defective Takata airbags have led to 50 million vehicles being recalled globally in what the US's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has called "the largest and most complex safety recall in US history." In the US alone, some 31.56 million vehicles made by 13 different carmakers have been recalled.

The airbags have been found to deploy explosively, injuring and even killing car occupants. They have been linked to 11 deaths in the US and to hundreds of injuries globally.

The security issues associated with Takata airbags have existed for over a decade, but the first recall was only made in the US in 2008, according to data.

Carmakers in China have been slow to recall autos linked to the airbags because there have been no confirmed casualties in the country yet. Toyota is aware of a recent accident but is still uncertain whether or not it was caused by a ruptured airbag inflator, a spokesperson for the Aichi-based firm said.

Japanese carmakers only began to recall vehicles in the Chinese market from late 2014. So far this year, some 4.8 million Japanese-brand cars have been recalled in China over faulty Takata airbags.

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