Toyota Motor Corp. will recall around 1.6 million additional units for front passenger side Takata airbag inflators for possible rupture.
Following demands from the U.S. regulators, Takata Corp. announced earlier this month that it added to its recall another 35-40 million U.S. defective inflators, which doubled the initial numbers. The faulty Takata inflators have been linked to over 100 injuries and 13 deaths at a global level.
The new recall for Toyota views some models from 4Runner, Corolla, Matrix, Scion xB, Sienna, Yaris, Lexus ES, GX & IS brands manufactured between 2006 and 2011. The Japanese carmaker stated that up to now it has recalled 4.73 million cars in the U.S. for Takata airbag issues.
This week reports from other 17 automakers are due with regards to recalling Takata vehicles. A spokesman for Daimler AG stated that another 197,000 cars in the U.S. will be recalled in a precautionary move in this driver-side airbag recall.
Last week, Takata filed reports with the U.S. auto safety regulators declaring around 14 million faulty inflators, agreeing to extend its recalls by 35 million to 40 million inflators in stages up until 2019. Up through the 4th of May, Takata had already recalled 28.2 million units.
The Takata airbag inflators, which have led to the largest recall in the U.S. car safety history, can explode with too much force and send shrapnel into Takata-featured cars. At the beginning of May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Tesla Motors Inc., Fisker Automotive and Jaguar Land Rover will start recalling Takata airbag inflators. This increased the number of automakers involved in the Takata recall to 17 automakers that includes Honda Motor Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Ford Motor Co.