Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Toyota recalls 1.7 million more autos in North America over airbag defects

Toyota recalls 1.7 million more autos in North America over airbag defects

The recall affects 1.3 million vehicles in the United States.

The Associated Press reports that the inflators can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

U.S. 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.

The affected Toyota and Lexus vehicles were manufactured between 2010 and 2017. Lexus models include: the 2010 through 2012 ES 350, the 2010 through 2017 GX 460, the 2010 through 2015 IS 250C and 350C, the 2010 through 2013 IS 250 and 350 and the 2010 through 2014 IS-F.

Scion XB compacts from the 2010 to 2015 model years are also involved.

Dealerships will replace either the airbag inflators or entire airbag systems.

The Japanese auto manufacturer did not say whether it had been notified of injuries or serious incidents related to the latest recall. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.

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.

To date, 21 deaths have been reported in Honda Motor Co vehicles and two in Ford vehicles.

The problem caused by inflators made by Takata Corp has resulted in the largest series of auto recalls in USA history. About 100 million inflators are being recalled worldwide.

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