In relation to the global recall of vehicles affected by the recall for front passenger airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation, Toyota Motor Philippines recently announced that approximately 3,500 units of their Corolla Altis might be affected. These units are said to be assembled starting May 11, 2001 - March 31 2003 only.

"Globally, there have been no customer complaints regarding this condition," stated Atty Rommel Gutierrez VP of Toyota Motor Philippines.

"However, in line with our commitment to the safety of our customers, Toyota would like to commence a special service campaign of the affected units," added Guiterrez

The affected model is equipped with front passenger air bag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers. Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger air bag to deploy abnormally in the event of an accident.

Upon further evaluation, some propellant wafers may be produced with an inadequate manufacturing condition and/or improper storage condition which were installed in the inflators. Therefore, Toyota has determined that vehicles equipped with this condition should be subject for inspection.

Toyota assured customers that the affected part of the vehicle will be evaluated and subject to replacement if defect has been found at no cost to the customer.  Customers whose vehicles (Corolla Altis) fall under the above-mentioned production are encouraged to visit any authorized Toyota dealerships nationwide. They can also call Toyota’s Customer Assistance Center at 02-8192912 for more inquiries.