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Toyota recalling 1.43m hybrids worldwide for air bag issue

The recall covers 2010-2012 vehicles with air bag inflators that could have a small crack in a weld.

Brand new Toyota Prius hybrids sit on the sales lot at City Toyota on 30 November 2010 in Daly City, California. Picture: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP.

NEW YORK - Toyota Motor Corp said late on Tuesday it is recalling 1.43 million hybrid Prius and Lexus CT200h cars worldwide because of a possible airbag inflator defect.

The recall covers 2010-2012 vehicles with air bag inflators that could have a small crack in a weld, which could lead to the separation of the inflator chambers. The air bag could partially inflate and the inflator could enter the vehicle interior, increasing the risk of injury, Toyota said.

The recall covers 482,000 US vehicles and the air bag inflators involved in this recall were not produced by Takata Corp, Toyota spokesperson Victor Vanov said.

The company said it was not aware of any injuries or deaths related to the recall.