A day after Maruti was reportedly recalling 150,000 units of the Dzire, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) announced a recall for the Innova. The company is recalling 44,989 units of India's favorite family mover made between February 2005 and December 2008.
The affected MPVs have faulty spiral cables in their steering wheel. "This will lead to continuous illumination of an airbag warning lamp on the instrument cluster giving prior indication of a problem to the customer. In addition, the driver's airbag may get deactivated", TKM said.
Toyota said that it is currently working on obtaining the necessary replacement parts. Once these replacement parts are available, customers will be contacted by the dealers and the vehicle will be repaired free of cost. The repair is estimated to take an hour's time.
In the period between 2005 and 2008, Toyota equipped the top-end Innova with driver and passenger airbag. Now though, a driver side airbag is offered standard on all variants of the new Innova, while driver and passenger airbags come from the mid grade. On the pre-facelift Innova E and G grades, an airbag is not offered.
This recall is part of a global exercise which sees 6.58 million Toyotas affected around the world the company said.