Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 247,000 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States due to possibly faulty front passenger airbag inflators supplied by Takata Corp. Toyota, Honda Motor Co. and Chrysler Group as well as other carmakers commenced recalling affected vehicles in high-humidity areas of the United States after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began probing reports of airbag explosions in Florida and Puerto Rico.
Prompted by NHTSA, Takata and carmakers supplied with its airbags have been trying to find out whether exposure to high humidity caused glitches in the inflators collected though the regional recalls. The regular has said in a recent statement that the issue seems to be a problem tied to extended exposure to consistently high humidity, although it is “leaving no stone unturned” determine the full geographic scope of the issue.
According to NHTSA documents, the Japanese carmaker has already recovered replaced airbag inflators from South Florida, with Takata commencing to evaluate in August. On Oct. 10, Takata told Toyota that a number of the airbag inflators performed "improperly" during testing.
After, reviewing the data with NHTSA, Toyota made a decision to issue a recall of the affected models – MY 2002 to MY2005 Lexus SC coupe, Toyota Corolla small car, Corolla Matrix small car, Sequoia SUV and Tundra full-size pickup.
The recall also covers General Motors' Pontiac Vibe, since it was manufactured by Toyota. According to NHTSA documents, the affected models are registered or originally sold in areas of South Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa.