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2006-07-25 15:32

The Toyota Verso MPV is facing problems with its passenger side airbag

Cape Town - Toyota South Africa says it has sent a letter to owners of Corolla Versos manufactured before the beginning of May 2006, warning them not to fit a child seat in the front passenger seat until the car's electronic control unit (ECU) has been replaced.

The reason for this request is that when the key-operated switch for the passenger airbag's manual on-off system is turned off the passenger airbag will still deploy.

No accidents have resulted from this malfunction, which was discovered during a routine crash test evaluation of this model, which is made at Toyota's plant in Turkey.

A total of 7 000 Versos in South Africa are subject to this special service campaign. The replacement components are currently in production and will be available for fitment in South Africa later in the year. The new components will be fitted at no cost to the owner and at his or her convenience.

Drivers of the affected Corolla Versos must always keep the passenger airbag switched ON until the ECU is replaced. This will ensure that the car's entire airbag system will operate normally.

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