Toyota Recalls 543,000 Vehicles Equipped with Faulty Takata Airbags

Toyota LogoToyota Motor Corp. has added another 543,000 sedans and SUVs made between 2006-2012 to an already massive recall involving faulty Takata airbags.

Today’s announcement comes just one day after Honda made a similar one, recalling another 772,000 Honda and Acura vehicles for the same problem involving defective front passenger air bag inflators.

The recall, which has now reached 100 million vehicles and involves 17 automakers, stems from knowledge that these airbags manufactured by Takata may explode in a collision instead of inflate and protect occupants. The explosion causes the metal components in the airbag container to spew shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Roughly 69 percent of all defective vehicles are here in the U.S.

Some 16 people have died in collisions worldwide due to defective airbags and about 180 have been injured in crashes. Eleven of the 16 deaths were here in the U.S. The most recent was a 50-year-old woman who died in September.  These are collisions that would otherwise be survivable if it were not for the defective airbags.

The vehicles subject to recall by Toyota are as follows:

  •  2008-2009 Scion xB
  • 2009 and 2012 Corolla and Corolla Matrix
  • 2007-2009 and 2012 Toyota Yaris
  • 2012 4Runner and Sienna
  • Lexus made between 2006-2012.

Japanese manufacturer, Takata made its airbags using a highly volatile chemical ammonium nitrate that creates a small explosion that enables the airbags to inflate during a car crash. Over time, the airbag deteriorates as the airbags do not have a drying agent necessary to keep them intact. As a result, they may rupture as the canister they are held in explodes causing severe injuries and even death.

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