UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has just announced a recall for its Toyota Corolla Altis over a faulty airbag sensor module. A total of 2,800 units of Corolla Altis manufactured from June 2015 to January 2016 are involved in the recall.
According to UMWT, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) initiated a global recall over this issue involving some Toyota and Lexus models. The defect is related to the manufacturing process where the insulation of Integrated Circuit (IC) chips of the Pressure sensors and G sensors might peel off over time. This would illuminate the airbag warning light and may potentially cause the front and/or side airbags to be deactivated unintentionally and not deploy when needed to, greatly increase the risk of injury to occupants in the event of a crash.
UMWT is working on securing the parts to carry out the replacement and will notify affected owners to bring their vehicle to a Toyota authorised service centre to make necessary replacements. The replacement will take about 30 minutes to 4 hours (depending on model) and all costs involved will be borne by the company.
Toyota owners can visit Toyota’s Special Service Campaign webpage , and key in their respective VIN Number to check whether their cars are involved in this or any other recall campaign. Alternatively, owners can any authorised Toyota service centre or call the Toyota Freephone hotline at 1-800-88-69682.