Toyota recalls 1.43 million cars in new air bag alert, including 141,000 in Europe

Toyota recalls 1.43 million cars in new air bag alert, including 141,000 in Europe

Japanese car giant Toyota is recalling 1.43 million vehicles worldwide for defective air bags.

The latest alert was not linked to the massive recalls of Takata air bags, the manufacturer said.

Toyota said it did not know of any fatalities or injuries related to the recall.

The recall involves the Prius hybrid, Prius plug-in and the Lexus CT200h produced between October 2008 and April 2012 - 743,000 vehicles in Japan, 495,000 in North America and 141,000 in Europe, as well as 9,000 vehicles in China and 46,000 in other regions.

A small crack in some inflators in the driver and passenger side air bags may expand, causing them to partially inflate.

The air bags were not made by Takata, according to Toyota.

The announcement by Toyota means that overall the total number of recalls over air bag worries are likely to be more than 100 million worldwide.

Faulty air bags are responsible for 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries. Three more deaths are being investigated in Malaysia.

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