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Toyota recalls 1.6 million additional vehicles in US over Takata air bag issue

ABR Staff Writer Published 24 May 2016

Toyota is recalling nearly 1.6 million additional vehicles in the US involving Takata front passenger air bag inflators.


The recall includes 2009 - 2011 Model Year Corolla, Matrix; 2006 - 2011MY Yaris; 2010 - 2011MY 4Runner; 2011MY Sienna; 2008 - 2011MY Scion xB; 2007 - 2011MY Lexus ES; 2010 - 2011MY Lexus GX and 2006 - 2011MY Lexus IS.

The vehicles feature a particular type of Takata inflator. A safety defect is expected to take place in front passenger air bag inflators in the involved vehicles because of inflator propellant degradation occurring after long exposure to high absolute humidity temperatures.

It results in an inflator rupture when the air bag deploys.

Toyota said that all the known owners of the affected models will be sent notifications through first class mail.

Depending on the vehicle model, dealers will check and will replace defective air bag inflators or the air bag assembly at free of cost.

This move from Toyota correlates to the announcement made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration earlier this month regarding the recent expansion of recall to include about 40 million cars with Takata air bags.

NHTSA mentioned that all the cars with defective air bags will be recalled and replaced all through May 2016 to December 2019. Theadministration is concentrating on recalling those air bag inflators based on ammonium nitrate-based propellant without a chemical drying agent or desiccant.

Until now, Toyota has already recalled more than 4 million vehicles in US with Takata air bag issues. According to sources, apart from Toyota several other automakers are gearing up to recall their vehicles with air bag issues.

Daimler recently said several front-passenger airbags from Takata are installed in vehicles sold by its subsidiaries in the US and Canada.

The company noted that it will take appropriate precautionary recalls for several models.

Image: Toyota Headquarters, Toyota City, Japan. Photo: Courtesy of Chris 73/Wikimedia Commons.