Toyota to recall thousands of UK cars over exploding airbag fault

More than 37,000 cars built between 1997 and 1999 could be affected

Toyota has confirmed thousands of UK cars will be recalled due to faulty Takata airbags which could explode.

The Japanese carmaker says 37,410 cars built between 1997 and 1999 could be affected.

The recall will include its RAV4, Yaris, Starlet and Celica models.

Toyota has revealed that it will contact owners to advise on free upgrades. 

In a statement to, a Toyota spokesperson said: “In the UK market this affects a potential 37,410 cars manufactured between February 1997 and August 1999.

“The models included are the RAV4, Yaris, Starlet and Celica.

“As a precaution and in line with the DVSA recall code of practice, we will be notifying owners of affected vehicles in due course and replacing the airbag inflator or the airbag assembly at no cost to the vehicle owner.”

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