Models built between 2006 and 2012 have been flagged, following concerns over the fuel emissions control unit and airbag inflator mechanism; more than 3m recalled worldwide

Toyota has announced the recall of 72,885 Toyota Prius, Toyota Auris and Lexus CT200h models in the UK produced between April 2006 and August 2015 following concerns raised over the cars' fuel emissions control units, and the airbag inflator mechanisms.

Although Toyota says there are no reports of any injuries or deaths, it has triggered the recall after discovering that the fuel emissions control unit canister, which is mounted to the fuel tank, may develop cracks that could expand and eventually lead to a fuel leak.

Toyota and Lexus has said it will replace the canister with an improved one. The work will take around two to three hours and will be free of charge.

As well as this, some airbag inflators in the driver and passenger side roof rails could have a crack in a weld, causing it to separate when it operates. As a result the airbag won't fully inflate and parts of the inflator can be ejected with the airbag.

This fault does not affect the Auris, but 34,135 Prius and CT200h models manufactured between October 2008 and August 2012 are part of both recalls. For this fix, Toyota and Lexus will install retention brackets, a process which will take around two to four hours, at no charge.

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Concerned owners can check if their vehicle is affected by using the registration number look-up function on toyota.co.uk and lexus.co.uk

Toyota says 1.4m cars have been recalled to fix the airbag inflator, and 2.9m for the emissions canister, worldwide. A definitive figure for the total number of cars affected is not known yet, because some cars will require both fixes.

The issue is it related to the Takata airbag recall, which also relates to faulty airbags and which affects numerous car manufacturers. It is expected to be the largest automotive recall in history.

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The Toyota Prius is an easy and very visible route to greenness, even if its reputation as the minicab of choice for UK drivers is now impossible to shake off

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