Toyota recalls 1.37M more vehicles for airbags

DETROIT (Reuters) — Toyota Motor Corp. said today it will increase the number of U.S. recalls involving potentially deadly front passenger-side airbags made by Takata Corp. by almost 1.37 million vehicles.

The expansion pushes the total number of Toyota vehicles covered by Takata recalls in the United States to more than 2.9 million.

Some Takata airbags have opened with too much force, sending shrapnel into the vehicle. U.S. safety officials, as well as Takata officials, have said that exposure to humidity over time has been a factor in the erroneous airbag deployments.

Toyota said the latest recall includes these models: about 1,365,000 2003-2007 Corolla and Corolla Matrix; 2005-2006 Tundra; 2005-2007 Sequoia; and 2003-2007 Lexus SC430 vehicles.

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