Toyota recalls 700,000 cars amid fears over airbags

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The motor manufacturer Toyota is recalling more than 700,000 vehicles in South Africa because of a fault with the cars' airbags.

This latest recall by Toyota relates to airbags made by the Japanese company, Takata.

Takata discovered the problem last year and is in the process of replacing the airbags in millions of models worldwide from a large range of manufacturers, including Toyota, General Motors and BMW.

The airbags themselves can shower drivers and passengers with metal shards when they explode in a crash and they've been linked to 13 deaths in the United States alone.

The problem forced Takata to file for bankruptcy in Japan in June last year.

In South Africa, the Toyota recall affects 10 models, including Lexus.