We knew this would be coming. Tuesday, Toyota officially added more than one million more vehicles to an expanding Takata front passenger airbag recall. Similar recall adjustments are expected from other automakers this week.
The recalled vehicles are equipped with the Takata inflator you’ve heard so much about over the past year. They are made with a chemical propellant that can degrade over time under certain conditions causing the airbag to explode. U.S. safety regulators recently confirmed this as the cause of the ruptures following three separate investigations.
Toyota is taking additional action after U.S. safety regulators identified another 35 to 40 million vehicles with the potentially faulty airbags. That’s on top of the more than 28 million vehicles already being recalled.
This expansion involves approximately 1,584,000 additional vehicles in U.S. The following models are included (and we will add these to our Takata Recall Guide as well.)
- 2009 – 2011 Corolla, Matrix
- 2006 – 2011 Yaris
- 2010 – 2011 4Runner
- 2011 Sienna
- 2008 – 2011 Scion xB
- 2007 – 2011 Lexus ES
- 2010 – 2011 Lexus GX
- 2006 – 2011 Lexus IS
Earlier this month, Honda, Takata’s biggest customer, announced it would another 21 million airbags. We are still waiting to see what exact makes and models are impacted in the U.S. The automaker also recently reported two more deaths linked to the faulty airbags in Malaysia. That brings the global death toll to 13, most of those in the U.S., and all but one in a Honda vehicle.
Check www.safercar.gov to check your specific VIN on the NHTSA’s continually updated list.