Toyota Recalls More Than 900,000 Vehicles to Replace Their Airbags Again

Jeff S. Bartlett

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Toyota is entering the final phase of its Takata airbag replacement efforts with the announcement of a recall involving 928,000 Toyota, Scion, and Lexus models. These vehicles previously had their high-risk airbags replaced with new Takata airbags as a stop-gap measure until the “final remedy” airbags were available.

This action calls the more than 900,000 vehicles back to dealerships to be fitted with replacement airbags from non-Takata suppliers. Toyota says this final phase is being done ahead of the schedule established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Depending on the vehicle model, dealers will replace the front passenger or driver airbag inflator and/or airbag assembly.

Toyota said it will notify customers of the recall in mid-December. 

The Details

Vehicles Recalled:
2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
2003-2013 Toyota Corolla
2009-2010 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2004-2005 Toyota RAV4
2002-2007 Toyota Sequoia
2011-2013 Toyota Sienna
2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
2007-2012 Toyota Yaris

2008-2012 Scion xB

2007-2012 Lexus ES350
2008-2009 Lexus IS-F
2010-2017 Lexus GX460
2002-2010 Lexus SC430
2006-2012 Lexus IS250 and IS350
2010-2015 Lexus IS250C

The problem: The driver and/or front passenger airbags need to be replaced with a new, non-Takata airbag. The concern is that the Takata airbag could propel sharp metal fragments on deployment, potentially striking the driver or other occupants and resulting in serious injury or death.

The fix: The dealership will replace the airbag inflator or the airbag assembly as appropriate at no charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may call Toyota customer service at 888-270-9371 or Lexus customer service at 800-255-3987. Toyota's numbers for this recall are J0A, J0B, and J0C. The Lexus numbers for this recall are JLI, JLJ, and JLK.

NHTSA campaign number: 19V741000

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has a recall that needs to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have one. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.



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