20,000 vehicles affected
Toyota has issued a recall for 20,129 of its previous-generation 2003 to 2005 Corolla hatches and sedans over concerns the vehicles could be fitted with faulty airbag inflators.
According to the Japanese manufacturer, the front driver's airbag inflator has been assembled with propellant wafers that are subject to density reduction caused by repeated volume change, occurring after prolonged exposure to high temperatures.
If the condition occurs, the airbag could rupture when deployed, posing a risk of injury to the vehicle's occupants in the event of a collision.
Owners of the affected cars will be contacted via mail, though replacement parts won't be available until the fourth quarter of 2017.