Toyota Motor Corp announced on Wednesday that it was recalling about 5.8 million cars at home and abroad over faulty air bag inflators made by Takata Corp.
In a statement released by the company in Tokyo, they said the recalled cars also included those used as replacement parts during a 2010 recall.
It said the recalled covered airbags installed in cars produced between May 2000 and November 2001, April 2006 and December 2014.
The recall includes the Toyota Corolla, one of the world’s best-selling models, and the Vitz or Yaris subcompact hatchback model.
It affects about 1.16 million vehicles sold in Japan, about 820,000 sold in China and around 1.47 million in the European market.
The recall extends to Central and South America, Africa, the Near and Middle East and Singapore, and also includes the Hilux pick-up truck and the Etios line of sedans and hatchbacks.
Automakers worldwide are ramping up the industry’s biggest-ever recall after parts supplier Takata, under pressure from the United States authorities, agreed earlier this year to declare more of its air bags defective.
The air bag inflators in question use a chemical compound which can explode with excessive force after prolonged exposure to hot conditions, and have been linked to at least 16 deaths globally.
The replacement parts are also seen to be at risk of exploding as they do not contain a drying agent.
Transport authorities around the world now consider inflators without a drying agent to be unsafe, and have ordered all of them to be withdrawn.