Toyota Motor Corp has announced a global recall of 1.7 million vehicles for potentially faulty Takata airbags as part of a multi-year recall that began in 2016. The new recall involves vehicles made from 2010-2017 and includes 1.3 million vehicles in the United States.
Affected Toyota models include;
- 2010-2013 Corolla;
- 2010-2013 Matrix;
- 2010-2016 4Runner; and
- 2011-2014 Sienna
Models from Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus, are also included in the recall, including;
- 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.
Also included are the 2010-2015 XB models from Toyota’s defunct Scion division.
Takata Airbags and Deadly Defects
Takata airbags have been linked to at least 23 deaths and 290 injuries worldwide, including 15 deaths in the US. The explosion of certain Takata airbags sprays metal shrapnel inside vehicles, leading to serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Toyota is not the only automaker affected by these defective airbags. Nineteen automakers worldwide are recalling vehicles fitted with defective Takata airbags. To date, 21 deaths have been linked to Takata airbags in Honda vehicles, and two deaths have been linked to Takata airbags in Ford vehicles. Both companies have urged drivers not to drive recalled vehicles until the appropriate parts are replaced.
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