Toyota Adds 600,000 Vehicles To U.S. Takata Airbag Recall


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Toyota is expanding its Takata airbag recall by more than 600,000 vehicles. Certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 Toyota, Lexus, and Scion models, as well as some Pontiacs, are included in the new action.

The issue is one we’re all familiar with by now — potentially deadly airbag explosions due to a chemical propellant in the Takata airbags that can degrade over time, become unstable and cause an explosion that sends shrapnel into the cabin.

New Takata Airbag Death Confirmed

To date, defective Takata airbags are linked to 180 injuries and at least 21 deaths, most of those in the United States. The latest death, reported this month, by the Florida Highway Patrol involved a 34-year-old mother killed in a 2002 Honda Accord last July.


Toyota Expanded Recall Vehicles:


  • Certain 2013 Scion xB, Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sienna, 4Runner, Lexus IS250, IS350, IS250C, IS350C, IS-F, and GX460 vehicles sold, ever registered, in the states of AL, CA, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, SC, TX, PR, AS, GU, the MP (Saipan), and the U.S. VI or “Zone A.”

  • Toyota is also recalling certain 2010 Scion xB, Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Yaris, 4Runner, Lexus IS250, IS350, IS250C, IS350C, ES350, IS-F, GX460, and Pontiac Vibe vehicles sold, ever registered, in the states of AZ, AR, DE, DC, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MO, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, VA, and WV or “Zone B.”

  • Toyota is also recalling certain 2009 Scion xB, Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Yaris, Lexus IS250, IS350, ES350, IS-F, and Pontiac Vibe vehicles ever registered in the states of AK, CO, CT, ID, IA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MT, NH, NY, ND, OR, RI, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, and WY or “Zone C.”


Recall Underway

Toyota says it will notify Toyota, Scion and Lexus owners. General Motors will contact the Pontiac owners.

Depending on the vehicle model, dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflator, or replace the airbag assembly. The recall is expected to begin January 24, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. You can read the NHTSA defect notice here.

Photo Credit: Toyota
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