(Adds details on more Japan recalls)
TOKYO, March 30 Toyota Motor Corp on
Thursday said it was recalling a total of about 2.9 million
vehicles in Japan, China, Oceania and other regions including
its Corolla Axio sedan and RAV4 SUV crossover due to potentially
faulty airbag inflators.
Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru cars,
Mitsubishi Motors Corp and truck maker Hino Motors
also recalled a total of about 240,000 vehicles in the
domestic market over inflators made by Takata Corp
which can explode after prolonged exposure to hot conditions.
At least 16 deaths have been linked to exploding Takata
inflators, mainly in the United States, prompting the auto
industry's biggest-ever global recall.
Global transport authorities consider Takata inflators
containing the chemical compound ammonium nitrate to be unsafe
if used without a drying agent, and have ordered all of the
about 100 million on the market to be withdrawn.
The Japanese automakers said that the latest recalls were
part of a wider recall of Takata inflators ordered by global
transport authorities last year.
Toyota said that recalls were issued for about 1.16 million
vehicles sold in Oceania, the Middle East and the automaker's
smaller markets, nearly one-third of total, while about 750,000
vehicles had been recalled in Japan.
Vehicles sold in North America, Toyota's biggest market,
were exempt from the latest recall, it added.
Takata is currently seeking a financial sponsor to help pay
for the costs related to the recalls. Last month, it pleaded
guilty to a U.S. felony charge as part of a $1 billion
settlement over its faulty inflators.
(Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu; Editing by STephen Coates)