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Toyota Recalling Yet Another 1.7 Million Cars With Potentially Deadly Airbags

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In a statement released on Wednesday 9th January 2019, Toyota Motor Corp said it is recalling another 1.7 million vehicles worldwide for potentially faulty Takata airbag inflators as part of a multi-year industry recall campaign announced in 2016.

Automakers are adding about 10 million vehicle inflators in the United States to what was already the largest-ever recall campaign in history. Last week, Ford Motor Co said it was recalling 953,000 vehicles worldwide for Takata inflators. Previously, 37 million US vehicles with 50 million inflators were recalled and 16.7 million inflators remain to be replaced.

Toyota’s latest recall relates to vehicles from the year 2010 through 2017 and includes 1.3 million vehicles in the United States alone.

The  affected Toyota branded vehicles include:

  • 2010-2013 model year Corolla,
  • 2010-2013 Matrix,
  • 2010-2016 4Runner, and
  • 2011-2014 Sienna.

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There are also a handful of other models from Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus:

  • 2010-2013 IS 250,
  • 2010-2015 IS 250C,
  • 2010-2013 IS 350,
  • 2010-2015 IS 350C,
  • 2010-2014 IS-F,
  • 2010-2017 GX 460, and
  • 2010-2012 ES 350.

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Also, the 2010-2015 XB from Toyota’s defunct Scion division is also affected by the recall.

No fewer than 23 deaths have been recorded worldwide which are linked to the rupturing of faulty Takata airbag inflators, including 15 in the United States.

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Also, more than 290 have been injured due to Takata inflators that explode, spraying metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks. In total, 19 automakers are recalling more than 100 million potentially faulty inflators worldwide.

To date, 21 deaths have been reported in Honda Motor Co vehicles and two in Ford vehicles. Both automakers have urged some drivers of older vehicles not to drive them until the inflators are replaced.

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The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June 2017. In April, auto components maker Key Safety Systems completed a $1.6 billion deal to acquire Takata. The merged company, known as Joyson Safety Systems, is a subsidiary of Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp.

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