Toyota will add an additional 1.584 million vehicles to its Takata airbag inflator recall in the United States. The company's campaign expansion will replace the front passenger airbags in the:
- 2009-2011 Corolla, Matrix
- 2006-2011 Yaris
- 2010-2011 4Runner
- 2011 Sienna
- 2008-2011 Scion xB
- 2007-2011 Lexus ES
- 2010-2011 Lexus GX
- 2006-2011 Lexus IS
The latest expansion is Toyota’s response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s mandate to replace 35 million to 40 million Takata inflators that lack a desiccant, which is a substance that absorbs moisture. Research indicates that exposure to high humidity for a prolonged period causes the propellant in the components to deploy too forcefully. This can make the inflator rupture and shoot metal shrapnel at occupants. Experts blame the safety issue for at least 13 deaths worldwide and hundreds of injuries.
Toyota will contact the affected owners by first class mail. Depending on the model, dealers will replace either just the inflator or the entire front passenger airbag assembly. According to Reuters, this recall expansion will take Toyota’s Takata recall total to 4.73 million vehicles in the U.S.
Other automakers have started announcing details of their expanded inflator replacement campaigns, too. For example, Daimler recently said it would set aside $561 million to fix 197,000 vehicles in the U.S. Reports also indicated Honda could enlarge its Takata recall by 21 million vehicles worldwide.
Source: Toyota, Reuters
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TOYOTA EXPANDS TAKATA AIR BAG SAFETY RECALL
TORRANCE, Calif., May 23, 2016 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that, based on recent information from Takata and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is expanding its recalls involving Takata front passenger air bag inflators.
The involved vehicles are equipped with a particular type of Takata inflator. According to Takata, a safety defect may arise in front passenger air bag inflators in the involved vehicles due to inflator propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures and high temperature cycling. This may result in an inflator rupture when the air bag deploys.
This expansion involves approximately 1,584,000 additional vehicles in U.S. The following models are included:
2009 - 2011MY Corolla, Matrix
2006 - 2011MY Yaris
2010 - 2011MY 4Runner
2008 - 2011MY Scion xB
2007 - 2011MY Lexus ES
2010 – 2011MY Lexus GX
2006 – 2011MY Lexus IS
All known owners of the affected Toyota, Scion, and Lexus vehicles will be notified by first class mail. Depending on the vehicle model, dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator or the front passenger air bag assembly at no cost.
Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time. For the most up-do-date Safety Recall information on Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles, customers should check their vehicle’s status by visiting toyota.com/recall and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site: safercar.gov/vin.
Additional details regarding Takata recalls can be found at safercar.gov/rs/takata
For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331, or Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.