Last month, Toyota announced that they will recall more than 928,000 cars, minivans, trucks and SUVs. The recall is part of the final phase of Toyota’s massive fix to replace faulty airbag inflators produced by defunct airbag supplier, Takata.
During earlier phases of the replacement, driver and passenger frontal airbag inflators were replaced using inflators of the same design. The replacement inflators may explode due to propellant degradation after long-term exposure to high humidity and high temperature cycling.
An inflator explosion may cause sharp metal fragments to shoot across a vehicles cabin, striking the driver and other passengers, resulting in serious injury or death. At least 24 people have been killed by the faulty inflators worldwide, leaving hundreds injured.
In a statement Toyota said that they began notifying affected owners via mail in mid-November, instructing them to bring their vehicles into a nearby service center. Technicians will replace the airbag inflators at no cost. Owners can call Toyota at 888-270-9371, Lexus at 800-255-3987 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.
The recall covers a large range of vehicles, including:
- 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
- 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
- 2003-2013 Toyota Corolla
- 2009-2010 Toyota Matrix
- 2004-2005 Toyota RAV4
- 2002-2007 Toyota Sequoia
- 2011-2013 Toyota Sienna;
- 2008-2012 Scion xB
- 2008-2009 Lexus IS-F
- 2007-2012 Toyota Yaris
- 2007-2012 Lexus ES 350
- 2010-2017 Lexus GX 460
- 2002-2010 Lexus SC 430
- 2006-2012 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350
- 2010-2015 Lexus IS 250C IS 350C
If you believe your vehicle has an open recall, you may check NHTSA’s website. When directed, plug in your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number into the NHTSA website. If your number does not appear, your vehicle does not have any open recalls.