According to reports, the recall affects several vehicle models from the 2010-2016 model years. The issue lies in defective Takata airbags that have been at the center of previous recalls, reports, and congressional hearings.
Documents indicate Takata used the volatile chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate airbags; however, experts say the chemical can deteriorate over time, resulting in uncontrolled explosions that blow apart airbag inflators. This causes metal shrapnel and debris to be ejected into vehicle cabins with sometimes fatal outcomes.
So far, 23 deaths have been linked to the defective airbags, most of which have occurred in the United States. More than one hundred injuries are also thought the be associated with the defect.
Toyota and Lexus dealers will either replace the inflator or the entire air bag assembly with equipment made by other manufacturers that does not contain ammonium nitrate.
The following vehicle are covered by Toyota’s Takata airbag recall:
The Takata recalls deal with some 125 million vehicles worldwide that are equipped with faulty airbags that can explode on deployment, unleashing metal shrapnel into vehicle cabins. At least 42 million of the affected vehicles were sold in the United States.
So far, 23 deaths and hundreds of injuries have been linked to the faulty airbag inflators, most of which have occurred in the U.S.
The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June, allowing it to sell its non-airbag inflator business to Key Safety Systems, a unit of China’s Ningo Joyson Electric Corp.
As of July, less than half of affected vehicles had been repaired.
In February, Ford issued a “stop driving” warning to 35,000 Ford ranger and Mazda B-Series owners.
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