Al-Futtaim recalls Lexus cars due to air bag defect

Al-Futtaim Motors, distributor of Lexus in the UAE, today announced recalling its Lexus CT200h models in the UAE due to air bag defect.

The company has recalled 130 vehicles manufactured between 2010 and 2012 under special service campaign.

The subject vehicles are equipped with curtain shield air bags located in the left and right side roof rails, which use an inflator that contains compressed gas in one chamber and propellant in another; these chambers are welded together.

However, some inflators could have a small crack in the weld area, which could propagate over time, especially if the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time, causing the inflator to separate. If this happens, the curtain shield air bag could partially deploy, and, in exceptional circumstances, one or both sections of the inflator could be ejected from the roof rail into the interior of the vehicle, the company said in a statement sent to Emirates 24l7.

Toyota on Wednesday announced that it was recalling 1.43 million vehicles for defective air bags and another 2.87 million vehicles for faulty fuel emissions controls.

The first recall for defective air bags affects Prius hybrids, Prius plug-ins and Lexus CT200h vehicles produced between October 2008 and April 2012 — 743,000 vehicles in Japan, 495,000 in North America, 141,000 in Europe, 9,000 in China and 46,000 in other regions.

The second recall affects various Prius models, the Auris, Corolla, Zelas, Lucas and Lexus HS250h and CT200h produced from April 2006 through August 2015 — 1.55 million vehicles in Japan, 713,000 in Europe, 35,000 in China and 568,000 elsewhere, but none in North America.

Al-Futtaim Motors said it will begin contacting customers with affected models to inform them about the situation and update them on next steps.

For further clarification, customers may contact the Al-Futtaim Motors Customer Care Centre on 800-53987 from 8.00am – 6.00pm, Saturday to Thursday during Ramadan.

(With inputs from agencies)