Toyota recalls 1.3M vehicles in the USA to fix air bags

Galtero Lara
Enero 12, 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.

More than 290 injuries worldwide have been linked to Takata inflators that could explode, spraying metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks. The airbags are part of ongoing issues with Takata, who supplied airbags to almost every major automaker.

Toyota wouldn't say if anyone has been injured in vehicles covered by the latest recall.

The recall also covers the 2010 to 2012 ES 350, the 2010 to 2017 GX 460, the 2010 to 2015 IS 250C and 350C, the 2010 to 2013 IS 250 as well as the 350, and the 2010 to 2014 IS-F.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk.

Toyota has announced a recall of an additional 1.7 million cars overs concerns the airbags could explode.

In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020.

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Other automakers are scheduled to replace 10 million Takata airbags beginning this month.

Since that time one third of the recalled inflators still have not been replaced, according to an annual report from the government and a court-appointed monitor previous year.

Safety advocates say the completion rate should be far higher given the danger associated with the inflators.

The problem caused by inflators made by Takata Corp has resulted in the largest series of auto recalls in USA history. Both automakers have urged some drivers of older vehicles not to drive them until the inflators are replaced. About 100 million inflators are being recalled worldwide.

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

Toyota has a search tool on its website where owners can either type in their license plate number or VIN or they can select the model and year of their vehicle to search whether they're impacted by the recall.

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