Worldwide car recall over dodgy airbags

The world’s largest carmaker, Toyota, is recalling millions of its vehicles from all over the world because of potentially faulty airbags made by supplier Takata.

With a further 5.8 million vehicles being recalled because of the airbags it brings the total number of vehicles Toyota has recalled since the start of the scandal to more than 23 million.

Of the 5.8 million vehicles equipped with faulty airbags being recalled, at least 179,710 are Australian-owned.

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They include Avensis Verso, Corolla and Yaris models built between March 2007 and December 2011.

Additionally, there are around 1.16 million vehicles from Japan, 1.47 million in Europe and 820,000 in China that were produced between April 2006 and December 2014. However, the recall does not include vehicles sold in the United States where a recall had already been announced.

The total number of airbags being recalled is expected to reach around 70 million in the US alone.

In a statement issued by Toyota it says the faulty Takata airbags could rupture explosively when deployed, spraying metal fragments at drivers as well as passengers.

To date there have been at least 15 deaths and more than 150 injuries linked to the defect across the world.

Are you affected by this recall? What make and model of car do you drive?