UMW Toyota to replace inflator modules for 42,000 units

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) is seeking to replace the inflator modules of the front passenger side airbag to certain number of Toyota vehicles sold in Malaysia

UMWT, which is the distributor of Toyota vehicles in Malaysia, said the special service campaign (SSC), would be for 42,000 units – Toyota Corolla Altis, Vios, Yaris and Alphard.

The vehicles were manufactured from May 2010 to Dec 2012 and distributed by UMWT.

“This SSC is an expansion of earlier campaigns by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) relating to certain vehicles equipped with airbag inflator modules.

“The defect is due to propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures and high temperature cycling.

“Inflator modules which contain a non-desiccated, phase stabilised ammonium nitrate propellant may cause the rupture of the module.

“Should such a situation occur, metal fragments will pass through the airbag as it inflates and into the vehicle interior at high speed. As a result, serious injury or death could occur,” it said.

UMWT said TMC was working on obtaining the necessary parts for the SSC.

Once the parts are available, UMWT will notify owners to request them to bring their cars to an authorised Toyota service centre to make the necessary replacements which should take about one  to three hours.

All costs involved for the replacement will be borne by UMWT, which said it was very concerned about the safety of Toyota owners whose vehicles are involved in the airbag replacement SSC.

It had stepped up its efforts to contact the  vehicle owners. However, it was aware that some of them were not the first owners and might not be contactable.

It urges the owners involved to contact any authorised Toyota service centre or call the Toyota Freephone at 1800-8-TOYOTA (869682).

Owners can visit Toyota’s Special Service Campaign webpage through this link: to check whether their vehicle is involved, through Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Checker.
Source : The Star (30 March 2017)