Toyota recalling about 3.4 million vehicles for separate issues

(June 29, 2016) Toyota is recalling about 3.4 million vehicles globally to repair separate flaws involving leaky fuel tanks and curtain airbags that may crack and injure occupants. The larger fuel tank recall affects 2.87 million vehicles worldwide, including Prius hybrids and Corolla compacts, the company said Tuesday.

Toyota said fuel emissions control canisters could crack and result in leaks when the vehicles have full tanks of gas.

The other global recall of 1.43 million Prius hybrids and Lexus CT compact cars is to repair Autoliv Inc.-supplied curtain airbags that have cracked and partially inflated in parked vehicles.

About 932,000 vehicles are involved in both recalls, Toyota said.

Toyota said it isn’t aware of crashes, injuries or fatalities related to the curtain airbag or fuel tank flaws. Autoliv is aware of a handful of cases where airbags have partially inflated in parked Prius cars exposed to temperature swings, Thomas Joensson, a spokesman, said by phone.

An exact root cause of the airbag issue is unknown. 

The vehicles involved in the airbag recall were produced from October 2008 to April 2012, and the cars with faulty fuel canisters were built between April 2006 and August 2015, Toyota said.

Source: News reports