Toyota recalls 1.7 mil vehicles in North America to fix air bags

Cornelia Mascio
Gennaio 10, 2019

Toyota Motor Corp said yesterday it is recalling another 1.7 million vehicles worldwide for potentially faulty Takata air bag inflators as part of a multi-year industry recall campaign announced in 2016.

According to USA Today, the airbag inflators could explode on deployment and send shrapnel at passengers.

At least 23 people have been killed worldwide and hundreds have been injured.

Toyota's new recall relates to vehicles from the 2010 through 2015 model years, and includes 1.3 million vehicles in the United States.

The 2010 through 2015 Scion XB also is included.

Dealers will either replace the inflator or the air bag assembly.

The Japanese auto manufacturer did not say whether it had been notified of injuries or serious incidents related to the latest recall. That's why inflators in the South along the Gulf of Mexico pose the greatest risks, according to the AP.

The latest development in the Takata airbag recall, which affected most automakers, could see shrapnel flung across the vehicle when the airbag deploys in certain Toyota and Lexus cars. Automakers are scheduled to replace 10 million more starting this month.

To date, 21 deaths have been reported in Honda Motor Co vehicles and two in Ford vehicles.

The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June 2017.

Owners can check to see if their vehicles have been recalled by going to https://www.toyota.com/recall or https://www.airbagrecall.com and keying license plate or vehicle identification numbers.

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