Toyota Expands Takata Airbag Recall by 1.58M Vehicles

Another 1,584,000 vehicles are being recalled for faulty Takata airbag inflators.

This time the recall expansion comes from Toyota, which is expanding its recall based on recent information from Takata and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the Japanese automaker, the affected vehicles are equipped with a particular Takata inflator with a safety defect that may arise in front passenger airbag inflators due to inflator propellant degradation after exposure in high absolute humidity, high temperatures and high temperature cycling. As a result, these inflators could rupture when the airbag deploys.

This is the same issue that has affected millions of vehicles worldwide. The expansion includes the 2009-2011 Toyota Corolla and Matrix, 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris, 2010-2011 Toyota 4Runner and the 2011 Toyota Sienna. The 2008-2011 Scion xB is also affected by the expansion as well as 2007-2011 Lexus ES, 2010-2011 Lexus GX and 2006-2011 Lexus IS models.

All known owners will be contacted by Toyota via first class mail and dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflator or the front passenger airbag assembly at no cost.

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