Toyota Recalls 1.7 Million Vehicles To Fix Air Bags

Toyota Wants 1.7 Million Vehicles Back Because Airbags Are ‘Potentially Deadly’

Toyota Wants 1.7 Million Vehicles Back Because Airbags Are ‘Potentially Deadly’

Twenty-three people have died worldwide due to airbag inflator problems. Lexus models effected include ES 350, GX 460, IS 250C, IS 350C, IS 250, IS 350 and IS-F.

The affected Toyota and Lexus vehicles were manufactured between 2010 and 2017.

Scion XBs from 2010 through 2015 have also been recalled. And prior to that, 37 million US vehicles with 50 million inflators were recalled, Reuters reported.

Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles in North America to replace potentially deadly airbga inflators.

A list of the latest recalled vehicles is available from Toyota on its website but owners can also check their vehicles VIN number online to see if they should have the airbags replaced.

Affected airbags were made with the chemical ammonium nitrate and the airbags were prone to exploding once deployed.

Because of a defect in the airbag, the Takata inflators can explode with too much force, potentially causing sharp metal fragments to pass through the airbag and spray directly at the driver and passengers, increasing the risk of death or serious injury.

Owners will be notified by mail or other means in late January.

They cover 37 million vehicles and about 50 million inflators in the US.

Automakers in the United States repaired more than 7.2 million defective Takata air bag inflators in 2018 as companies ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement, according to a report released last month.

The recalls forced Takata of Japan to seek bankruptcy protection and sell most of its assets to pay for the fixes.

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

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