Toyota Phils. announces safety recall

Toyota Motor Philippines recently announced that approximately 3,500 units of their Corolla Altis might be affected by the global recall issue regarding front passenger airbag. These units are said to be assembled starting May 11, 2001 to March 31, 2003 only.

Those units are equipped with front passenger air bag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers. Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger air bag to deploy abnormally in the event of an accident.

Upon further evaluation, some propellant wafers may be produced with an inadequate manufacturing condition or improper storage condition which were installed in the inflators. Toyota has determined that vehicles equipped with this condition should be subject for inspection.

"Globally, there have been no customer complaints regarding this condition," said Atty. Rommel Gutierrez, VP of Toyota Motor Philippines. "However, in line with our commitment to the safety of our customers, Toyota would like to commence a special service campaign of the affected units."

Toyota said that the affected part of the vehicle will be evaluated and subject to replacement if defect has been found at no cost to the customer. "Right now, we encourage customers whose vehicles (Corolla Altis) fall under the above-mentioned production to visit any of our authorized Toyota dealerships nationwide. They may also contact Toyota's Customer Assistance Center at 02-8192912."

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