Toyota recall 1.7 million more cars over risk of exploding airbags

Daniel Fowler
January 12, 2019

Japanese manufacturer Takata's front passenger air bag inflators killed at least 23 people worldwide and injured hundreds more. Lexus models include: the 2010 through 2012 ES 350, the 2010 through 2017 GX 460, the 2010 through 2015 IS 250C and 350C, the 2010 through 2013 IS 250 and 350 and the 2010 through 2014 IS-F.

Tesla has initiated its recall for the 2014-16 model-year Model S as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. Drivers can also sign up to receive email alerts from the NHSTA about newly announced recalls.

One third of the recalled inflators still have not been replaced, according to an annual report from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the AP reports. Previously, 37 million U.S. vehicles with 50 million inflators were recalled and 16.7 million inflators remain to be replaced.

A list of the latest recalled vehicles is available from Toyota on its website but owners can also check their vehicles VIN number online to see if they should have the airbags replaced. They were made with ammonium nitrate and are prone to exploding upon deployment, which can send flaming shrapnel at passengers-a potentially deadly situation. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.

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Dealerships will replace either the airbag inflators or entire airbag systems.

The Takata airbag recall continues to impact more auto owners worldwide with Toyota, Scion and Lexus models as the latest vehicles added to the recall.

To date, 21 deaths have been reported in Honda Motor Co vehicles and two in Ford vehicles. About 100 million inflators are being recalled worldwide.

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