Japanese car maker Toyota has recalled 170 units of Prius hybrid in India. This is a part of the global recall of close to 1.4 million units of the Prius and Lexus CT200h models built between 2010 and 2012 over concerns of airbag inflator mechanism.
The 170 units of the Prius recalled in India are manufactured between November 2009 and April 2012, reported Autocar. The recalled car models are fitted with air bag inflators that could possibly have a small crack in a weld, causing a separation in the inflator chambers. This may result in partial inflation of the airbag or parts of the airbags getting ejected.
"There are no reported failures of the affected part or any aggravations thereon in India till date. This voluntary recall campaign is being done by TKM in order to fulfil Toyota's commitment to customer satisfaction," the company said in a statement.
New Toyota Prius
Toyota Kirloskar Motor unveiled the new version of the Prius at Auto Expo 2016 in February. The new Prius is the first car that is produced globally to make use of Toyota's new shared platform --Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) -- and the company touts TNGA's lower centre of gravity for better handling. The new Prius measures 4,540mm in length, 1,760mm in width, 1,470mm in height and 2,700mm in terms of wheelbase. The Prius is 60 mm longer, 15 mm wider and 20 mm lower than its predecessor and the extra length provides spacious cabin for the passengers. The new Prius will be imported in India as Completely Built Up units (CBU) and is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 38-42 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).