Toyota recalls thousands of Corollas after airbag malfunctions

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Toyota Corolla, statistically the most popular vehicle in Pakistan as reported earlier, is apparently not doing well in the quality department. In just a single year, Toyota’s Pakistan chapter, The Indus Motor Company (IMC), made a third recall of Toyota Corolla vehicles due to low quality parts and accessories. The total recalls have mounted up to 15,000. This is the highest number of vehicles rolled back by any auto company in Pakistan.

In a shocking revelation, the company informed the vehicle owners that around 2,500 Toyota Corolla 1.8L Altis Grande (August 2015-January 2016 models) had faulty front airbag sensors installed, which could possibly malfunction with time, causing the airbag warning light to illuminate with the risk that the driver’s airbag may not deploy during an accident.

The campaign for around 2,500 Altis Grande is for inspection and part of a global recall by Toyota that affects about 650,000 vehicles. Upon diagnostic results, further corrective action, if required, will be taken free of cost, a spokesperson told a local publication.

The company mulled over the whole fiasco with excuses like ‘ethical practice’ and ‘keeping up with global standards’. Indus Motors Pakistan said that it is undertaking a “special service campaign” for the said models under which airbag sensors will be inspected and replaced free of cost. Taking action is in keeping with global best practices in case of defects.

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In February last year, IMC had recalled 9,896 Toyota Corolla XLI, GLi, Altis and Altis Grande vehicles (2016-17 models) due to faulty brakes. The Toyota Corolla has been criticized for having improper discs and a subsequently weak braking system since the advent of the Corolla Sedan.

In June 2017 another 2,700 Corolla XLI, GLI, Altis and Altis Grande models were rushed back to the factories after finding out that the mounting bolts of the front seats were not properly tightened.

In June 2017 another 2,700 Corolla XLI, GLI, Altis and Altis Grande models were rushed back to the factories after finding out that the mounting bolts of the front seats were not properly tightened.

Toyota’s Corolla was launched in Japan circa 1967 and in 1993 Toyota Indus Motors Pakistan launched the Corolla for Pakistani Consumers, GVS reported earlier. The Toyota Corolla Indus has been a consumer favorite and to this day, Corolla it remains the most popular sedan of all time in the country! In 2017, 21,518 units were sold during the second half (July 2017 – December 2017).

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The current Corolla is available in several variants like Xli, GLi, Altis and Altis Grande. The campaign for around 2,500 Altis Grande is for inspection and part of a global recall by Toyota that affects about 650,000 vehicles. Upon diagnostic results, further corrective action, if required, will be taken free of cost, a spokesperson told a local publication.

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