Toyota recalling 1.3 million vehicles to fix Takata air bags

Lloyd Doyle
January 10, 2019

The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and almost 20 automotive brands around the world.

Takata inflators can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

United States authorities in 2014 exposed the Takata airbag defect, which has since resulted in a series of massive recalls concerning at least 100 million units worldwide from multiple manufacturers. Lexus models effected include ES 350, GX 460, IS 250C, IS 350C, IS 250, IS 350 and IS-F. The Scion XB is also included in the recall. That's why inflators in the South along the Gulf of Mexico pose the greatest risks, according to the AP.

Toyota announced it will replace the inflators or entire air bags on 1.7 vehicles in North America, 1.3 million of which are in the U.S, reported Fortune.

Like other Takata-related recalls, the fault revolves around airbags propellant that could degrade over time due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity.


Toyota wouldn't say if anyone has been injured in vehicles covered by the latest recall.

In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020.

It is more than three years after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took over management of recalls involving Takata inflators.

Since that time one third of the recalled inflators still have not been replaced, according to an annual report from the government and a court-appointed monitor past year.

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