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 United States to about 2,915,000 units.
Toyota has added 1,365,000 units to the recall. These are: model years 2003 to 2007 Corolla and Corolla Matrix; model years 2005 to 2006 Tundra; model years 2005 to 2007 Sequoia; and model years 2003 to 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.
Just last month, Toyota announced a recall for over 6.5 million cars sold around the world to replace possibly defective airbag inflators produced by Takata. Toyota is recalling around 5 million 35 models and covers cars produced from March 2003 to November 2007. The recall includes 1.36 million units in Japan, 1.27 million units in Europe, 637,000 units in the U.S. as well as 18,000 cars in Canada.
According to Toyota, it would use newly built parts from Daicel Corp. to replace the front driver-side airbag inflators covered in the May recall. However, the replacements for front passenger-side airbag inflators will still be from Takata as compatible parts from a different supplier are not available.