Toyota recalls more than 700,000 vehicles in SA

File: This is Toyota's third large-scale Takata-related recall in five months. In November, the firm recalled 1.6 million vehicles worldwide.

File: The maker of the Camry sedan and Prius hybrid now expects annual net profit of 1.87 trillion yen ($17 billion) instead of 2.3 trillion yen it projected three months ago.

CAPE TOWN  - Japanese carmaker Toyota has recalled more than 700,000 vehicles in South Africa because of an issue with safety bags used in the cars, Reuters reported an official at Toyota SA as saying.

“Toyota South Africa has initiated an immediate recall in excess of 700,000 vehicles across 10 models, including Lexus.

"This is part of an ongoing global campaign initiated by car manufacturers related to defective Takata safety bags,” the official said on Thursday.

No further information was available.