Toyota is recalling 26,050 Corolla, Picnic, Yaris and RAV4 vehicles because of a possible airbag fault.

More than 5 million Toyotas have been recalled worldwide because the airbags, by outside supplier Takata, can deploy explosively in a collision.

In New Zealand, the affected vehicles are:

  • RAV4 and Yaris cars manufactured between 2003 and 2005. The issue with these cars is with the driver’s side airbags.
  • Corolla, Picnic and Yaris cars manufactured between 2001 and 2007. The issues with these cars is with the passenger side airbags.

Owners of these cars are traceable through registration data and will be contacted by Toyota New Zealand.

Toyota is investigating how many second-hand imported vehicles will be affected by the recall.

Spencer Morris, general manager of Toyota New Zealand customer services, said the company was not aware of any airbags deploying abnormally in an accident here.