Toyota is recalling 1.4 million cars worldwide for a problems with exploding airbags.
Though Toyota said insist this recall does not involve a Takata airbag, it has yet to identified the supplier.
Toyota said it does not know of any deaths or injuries related to this latest airbag recall. It also says the cause of the problem, and the solution, is quite different from the Takata problem.
In this recall program, the airbags are found on the side of the car, not the steering wheel or passenger-side dashboard. These airbags come with inflators made of two chambers that are welded together.Toyota (TM) said when the car is parked and unoccupied for some time, that weld could create a crack and the two chambers can separate, making the airbag to inflate and some pieces of the inflator to shoot into the car.
The models involved in the recall are inclusive of three hybrid models, the Prius, the Prius Plug-in and the Lexus CT200h manufactured between October 2008 and April 2012. Nearly 500,000 of the 1.4 million cars being recalled are in the U.S.
Takata airbags are however the focus of the largest auto recall ever recorded , with more than a dozen different automakers forced to recall cars with its products installed;including Toyota. There are 69 million Takata airbags that have been recalled or will be recalled by 2019 in the United States alone.