The Takata airbag recall, which has been ongoing since Honda recalled the first vehicles with the defective airbags in 2008. The airbags, which utilize an unstable chemical to inflate, may do so with explosive force, sending metal shrapnel flying inside the vehicle. Some of the incidents have been deadly – more than 20 deaths have been attributed to the defective airbags worldwide. Additionally, there have been hundreds of injuries. Takata had to declare bankruptcy in the wake of the scandal, and put away billions of dollars for potential litigation. Automakers that used Takata airbags have also been the subjects of lawsuits and recalls, which have affected millions of vehicles.
USA Today reports that Toyota is adding more vehicles to the recall list.
Toyota is recalling another 65,000 vehicles in the United States that are tied to the Takata airbag defects.
Technicians that repair the affected vehicles will either replace the affected inflator or the entire airbag unit.
These are just the most recent of an estimated 37 million recalled vehicles that affect nearly every manufacturer. The recalls are happening in phases to allow factories to be able to produce the replacement parts and dealerships to manage the repairs.
The vehicles involved in the current recall have already had their airbags replaced: with more Takata airbags with inflators that contained the suspect chemical: ammonium nitrate.
The recall affects the following vehicles:
- Certain versions of the 2003-2005 Toyota Corolla
- 2002-2005 Toyota Sequoia
- 2003-2005 Toyota Tundra
- 2002-2005 Lexus SC
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified directly. Repairs will be at no cost to the owners.
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