More Toyota models have been named in the recalls involving Takata front passenger airbag inflators, bringing the total number of vehicles with Toyota and Lexus nameplates in the U.S. to about 2,915,000 units. Toyota has added 1,365,000 units to the recall. These are: 2003-2007 Corolla and Corolla Matrix; 2005-2006 Tundra; 2005-2007 Sequoia; and 2003-2007 Lexus SC430 vehicles.
The recall has been issued because the front passenger airbag inflators are at risk of rupturing when deployed and leading to serious injuries in the occupants. Toyota Motor North America chief quality officer Dino Triantafyllos said that the automaker is focused on its customers’ safety and security. That’s why it will quickly and appropriately respond to any developments.
There are numerous investigations ongoing to determine the cause of the potential rupture. One of those conducting a probe is independent engineering company Orbital ATK, which was commissioned by an industry-wide joint testing initiative composed of the 10 automakers involved in the recalls.
The known owners of the vehicles covered by the recall will receive notifications via first class mail to bring their vehicles to a Toyota or Lexus dealer so that the airbag inflator could be replaced with a newly built one. It’s not unusual to find that there have been changes to the information about these recalls.
Customers are advised to check the status of their vehicle by going to toyota.com/recall and typing in the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to receive the latest safety information on Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles.
The NHTSA site, safercar.gov/vin, also gives customers the chance to make a safety recall inquiry using their individual VIN. If you have more questions, just call Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331, or Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.