Toyota SA recalls over 700,000 cars across 10 models

An official at Toyota South Africa said the models had issues with safety bags.

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CAPE TOWN - Japanese carmaker Toyota’s South African unit recalled more than 700,000 vehicles because of an issue with safety bags used in the cars, an official at Toyota South Africa said.

“Toyota South Africa has initiated an immediate recall in excess of 700,000 vehicles across 10 models, including Lexus. This is part of an ongoing global campaign initiated by car manufacturers related to defective Takata safety bags,” the official said on Thursday.

The vehicles being recalled are the Hilux, Rav4 and Fortuner models built between July 2003 to December 2005, and Yaris, RunX and Corrolla models built between 2002 to 2007.

Around 100 million vehicles are being recalled globally.

It is not the first time that Toyota has issued a recall for airbags - in 2016, over 5 million cars were recalled over the same problem world wide.

Toyota says that South Africans affected by the recall will be told to bring their cars in to a dealer.