1.6 million Toyota, Scion and Lexus cars added to Takata airbag recall

Toyota adds 1.6 million cars to Takata recall

Corolla, Sienna and Lexus ES among popular models that need airbag replacement

Toyota has expanded its Takata airbag recall campaign following a landmark announcement earlier in the month by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration that added 35 million to 40 million inflators to the recall list. The recent expansion will see the replacement of all frontal airbag inflators manufactured by the Japanese part maker that do not use a moisture-absorbing desiccant.

Toyota will recall the Corolla and Matrix from the 2009 through 2011 model years, the Yaris from 2006 through 2011 model years, the 4Runner from 2010 and 2011 model years, and the 2011 Sienna minivan. In addition, Toyota will recall the Scion xB from the 2008 through 2011 model years. Models from Lexus added to the list include the 2007 through 2011 model year ES sedans, the GX from 2010 and 2011, and the IS sedan from 2006 through 2011.

“The involved vehicles are equipped with a particular type of Takata inflator,” the automaker said in a statement. “According to Takata, a safety defect may arise in front passenger air bag inflators in the involved vehicles due to inflator propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures and high temperature cycling. This may result in an inflator rupture when the air bag deploys.”

Toyota will begin notifying owners of vehicles from all three brands by mail shortly. The fix will involve replacement of the airbag inflator or the entire airbag assembly, depending on the model, and will be performed at no cost to the owner.

Owners can check the recall status of their vehicles by visiting Toyota’s Takata recall page and entering their VIN numbers into the lookup tool. Owners can also visit the NHTSA Takata recall page for more information about this recall.

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