Sunday, 16 June, 2019

Toyota Recalls 1.7 Million Vehicles To Fix Takata Air Bags

Recalls have been a problem for Toyota since 2009 with Takata airbag inflators being a particularly widespread problem Recalls have been a problem for Toyota since 2009 with Takata airbag inflators being a particularly widespread problem
Ginger Lawrence | 12 January, 2019, 04:01

In total, 19 automakers are recalling more than 100 million potentially faulty inflators worldwide.

Last week, Ford Motor Co said it was recalling 953,000 vehicles worldwide for Takata inflators. Takata used ammonium nitrate to generate an explosion to inflate the air bags, but excessive humidity and temperature changes can cause the chemical to deteriorate.

The recall includes Toyota models such as the 2010 to 2016 4Runner, the 2010 to 2013 Corolla and Matrix, and the 2011 to 2014 Sienna.

At least 23 deaths worldwide have been linked to the rupturing of faulty Takata air bag inflators, including 15 in the United States. Last week Ford announced that almost one million of its vehicles were being recalled for the same airbag issue.

The Associated Press reports that the inflators can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

The Japanese auto manufacturer did not say whether it had been notified of injuries or serious incidents related to the latest recall. Also included is the Scion XB, 2010 through 2015.

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The most unsafe inflators are in areas of the South along the Gulf of Mexico that have high humidity. Automakers are scheduled to replace 10 million more starting this month.

Dealers will either replace the inflator or the entire airbag assembly.

To date, 21 deaths have been reported in Honda Motor Co vehicles and two in Ford vehicles.

The recalls forced Takata of Japan to seek bankruptcy protection and sell most of its assets to pay for the fixes.

They cover 37 million vehicles and about 50 million inflators in the US. The ACCC earlier this year added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.

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