Toyota Kirloskar Motor on Wednesday said it will recall nearly 45,000 units of its multi-utility vehicle Innova in India to rectify defect in steering column.

In an announcement on its website, the automaker said it is commencing a special service campaign in India that will cover a total of 44,989 units of the Innova that were manufactured between February 2005 and December 2008.

The move is part of a global recall of 6.39 million vehicles announced today by Japanese parent Toyota Motor Corp, the world's biggest car manufacturer.

“The campaign has been announced due to an error in the spiral cable mounted on the 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,” the company said.

Toyota is currently working on obtaining the necessary replacement parts. Once the replacement parts are available, customers will be contacted by the authorised Toyota dealers.

The vehicle will be repaired free of cost and the repairs are expected to be carried out in approximately an hour.

“The company is conducting this special service campaign keeping the “Customer First” philosophy in mind in order to avoid inconvenience to customers,” Toyota said, adding that it regrets the inconvenience caused.

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