The Takata airbag recall has been the largest automotive recall in history, and it is still growing. The airbags, which use a chemical called ammonium nitrate to deploy, have been found to be defective. The chemical can degrade over time, with the degradation being more prominent in hot, humid climates. This degradation can cause the airbag to deploy with too much force, sending deadly shrapnel flying through the vehicle. The airbags have been responsible for nearly two dozen deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide.
WJLA reports on the recall expanding yet again, adding nearly two million more vehicles to the recall lists.
While Ford issued a recall last week, this week, Toyota announced that it is adding another 1.3 million vehicles to the ever-expanding recall list.
The newest recall affects Toyota’s Lexus and Scion brands.
The vehicles were manufactured between 2010 and 2017. Previously, Toyota announced the recall of Scion and Lexus models manufactured between 2003 and 2013.
Toyota will be notifying owners of affected vehicles in late January. However, if you have moved or recently purchased an affected vehicle, you are urged not to wait on the notification from Toyota.
Toyota has provided a website where owners can check to see if their vehicle is on the recall list here.
All you need to do is input your vehicle’s VIN number and it will let you know if you need to have your airbag replaced. If you do, contact your dealer as soon as possible to schedule the repairs, which are free of charge.
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