Toyota Recalling 1.7 Million Vehicles In North America Over Faulty Air Bags

  • Toyota Recalling 1.7 Million Vehicles In North America Over Faulty Air Bags

Toyota Recalling 1.7 Million Vehicles In North America Over Faulty Air Bags

Auto manufacturer Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles in North America to replace potentially deadly Takata front passenger air bag inflators. Previously, 37 million U.S. vehicles with 50 million inflators were recalled and 16.7 million inflators remain to be replaced.

USA authorities in 2014 exposed the Takata airbag defect, which has since resulted in a series of massive recalls concerning at least 100 million units worldwide from multiple manufacturers.

Tesla has initiated its recall for the 2014-16 model-year Model S as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. Lexus models include: the 2010 through 2012 ES 350, the 2010 through 2017 GX 460, the 2010 through 2015 IS 250C and 350C, the 2010 through 2013 IS 250 and 350 and the 2010 through 2014 IS-F.

The 2010 through 2015 Scion XB also is included.

Like other Takata-related recalls, the fault revolves around airbags propellant that could degrade over time due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity. That's why inflators in the South along the Gulf of Mexico pose the greatest risks, according to the AP.

Last week, U.S. automaker Ford recalled 953,000 vehicles to address Takata airbag problems.

According to the Associated Press, Toyota's recall is part of a phase-in replacement of Takata inflators. Both automakers have urged some drivers of older vehicles not to drive them until the inflators are replaced.

The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June 2017.