Toyota recalls another 5.8 million cars over Takata airbags

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Toyota it is recalling 5.8 million more cars across the globe over potentially faulty airbag inflators made by Takata.

The latest recall comes as part of the ongoing recall of Takata products, which began in 2008. Faulty inflators use a chemical compound that can explode with excessive force if left in hot conditions for too long. It has resulted in at least 16 deaths globally, mainly in the United States.

The latest recall for Toyota includes the Corolla, which is one of the best-selling cars in the world, and the Yaris hatchback. It affects the driver-side and passenger-side airbags fitted to cars between May 2000 and November 2001, and April 2006 and December 2014.

Approximately 1.47 million European vehicles are affected, as well as 1.16 million sold in Japan and 820,000 in China. The recall also reaches other markets including Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Singapore.

In these markets, the Hilux pick-up truck and both the hatchback and saloon variants of the Etios are affected.

Incredibly, the recall includes some cars that received replacement parts after another recall in 2010. The inflators are still seen to be at risk of exploding because they do not contain a drying agent.

Takata is currently seeking a financial investor to help pay for the huge liabilities caused by the recall so that it does not go bankrupt.