Toyota, Lexus, Scion Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles for Takata Airbags

Toyota, Lexus, Scion Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles for Takata Airbags

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Toyota is adding 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. to its list of those that should have their Takata airbags inflators replaced. Lexus and Scion vehicles are also included in the recall.

This latest announcement from Toyota covers passenger-side front airbag inflators, and is part of the effort by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and automakers to space out the replacement of Takata airbag inflators based on the risk to drivers and passengers.

The goal has been to get replacement inflators to vehicle owners in the highest-risk regions first, and then to the rest of the country later, as the supply of replacement inflators grew. The last wave of recalls is scheduled for early in 2020. 

The long-running Takata recall is the largest and most complex automotive recall in U.S. history, covering 50 million airbag inflators in 37 million cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks from 19 manufacturers, according to NHTSA. At least 15 drivers and passengers in the U.S. have died, and more than 250 people have been injured because of those devices, NHTSA says.

The devices use ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag in the event of a crash. The ammonium nitrate can become unstable over time, leading to inflators that explode with an unexpectedly violent force. According to Toyota, if the defective airbag ruptures, it can spray sharp metal fragments directly at the driver and passengers, increasing the risk of death or injury.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 1.3 million cars, minivans, and SUVs, including:

The problem: Chemicals inside the Takata airbag inflators can become unstable over time, especially after exposure to temperature fluctuations and periods of constant high humidity.

The fix: The automaker said that dealers will replace the passenger-side front airbag inflator or module free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Toyota at 800-331-4331, or Lexus at 800-255-3987.

NHTSA campaign number: NHTSA has not yet issued a campaign number for this recall.

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