Toyota Announces Recall Expansion For Takata Airbags, 1.6 Million Units Affected

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Toyota has announced a new recall related to the Takata situation. With new information from the NTHSA and Takata, Toyota has announced it will recall 1.6 million vehicles marketed in the United States of America. The Japanese automaker will replace the front passenger airbag inflators for the vehicles mentioned below.
According to reports, 17 other automakers are expected to announce service campaigns for replacing Takata parts this week. In the USA, Toyota has already recalled 4.73 million vehicles that were fitted with Takata airbags.

In all the cases mentioned below, the recall is caused because Takata supplied potentially defective airbag inflators, which do no have a solvent to keep humidity under control. Over time, the problem could lead to the malfunction of the inflator and potentially rupture it when the airbag deploys.

In the case of Toyota, the 2009-2011 Corolla and Matrix are affected by this recall. Also, the 2006-2011 Yaris needs to be repaired. Toyota will also replace airbag inflators or airbag assembly for the 2010-2011 4Runner, as well as the 2011 Sienna.

The now-defunct Scion brand is also involved in the recall, but only with the 2008-2011 Scion xB. Lexus, the premium branch of Toyota Motor Company, has some of the oldest models in this recall, like the 2006-2011 Lexus IS, the 2007-2011 Lexus ES, and the 2010-2011 Lexus GX.

A quick check using the vehicle’s VIN can be performed on the NHTSA website, From there, owners of the affected models can contact Toyota dealers to schedule a service appointment. As with all recall campaigns, the entire operation is free, and all the user has to do is program an appointment and bring the car at the specified time.

Toyota will notify all known owners of the Scion, Lexus, and Toyota models through first class mail. Considering that some cars are of the 2006 model year, the owners might have changed by now, so owners of the models mentioned above that also have fit the described model years should contact Toyota Customer Service or Lexus Customer Service, depending on what’s applicable.
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