Toyota India has issued a recall for 170 units of Prius hybrid in the country. The Japanese automaker has recalled nearly 1.43 million vehicles globally over faulty air bags. The 170 units recalled in India are manufactured between November 2009 and April 2012. The voluntary recall campaign commenced from June 29, 2016 for the inspection and installation of retention brackets on the curtain shield airbag inflators of certain numbers of Toyota Prius.
"There are no reported failures of the affected part or any aggravations thereon in India till date. This voluntary recall campaign is being done by TKM in order to fulfil Toyota's commitment to customer satisfaction," the company said. For those wondering, it has nothing to do with the Takata airbag outrage. In addition, Toyota is also recalling 2.87 million vehicles across the globe to rectify faulty fuel emissions controls. The auto major is recalling the Prius hybrid, Prius Plug-in and the Lexus CT200h produced between October, 2008, and April, 2012. It is recalling 7.43 lakh vehicles in Japan, 4.95 lakh in North America and 1.41 lakh vehicles in Europe. Besides, 9,000 vehicles in China and 46,000 vehicles in other regions are being recalled.
Toyota had showcased the new-generation Prius at the 2016 Auto Expo in February with reports indicating official launch by the end of 2016. Being based on the Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA), it has received a 5-star safety rating from the Euro NCAP. The 2016 Prius Hybrid had its world premiere inn Las Vegas in September 2015. Till date, the company has sold 3.5 million units of the Prius worldwide. It gets a plethora of premium features in form of Wireless charger, front heated seats, 6-way adjustable driver's seat, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, Back door smart entry, LED headlamps with daytime running lights (DRLs), ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, 7 airbags and traction control as standard.