Toyota expands once again its recall over Takata’s airbags image

Further 485,000 Toyota vehicles have to recalled worldwide so their potentially faulty inflators made by Takata could be replaced.

Toyota announced this week it was forced to recall an extra 490,000 vehicles in Japan, China, Europe and other regions as well, following the recent expansion of the safety campaign over the deadly airbags provided by the Japanese auto supplier Takata. The automaker said the latest move affected 45,000 cars made under the Lexus badge in Japan, which have passenger-side potentially defective inflators produced between 2005 and 2011. An additional 140,000 Lexus cars have to be called back in China, along with 80,000 Lexus and Toyota vehicles in Europe, 120,000 units from both brands in South America and other regions and 100,000 Toyotas in Mexico.

Last week, Toyota issued a recall notice for around 1.6 million cars in the United States, affecting models such as 4Runner, Corolla, Matrix, Scion xB, Sienna, Yaris, Lexus ES, GX & IS brands build between 2006 and 2011. The safety crisis triggered by Takata made the Japanese carmaker recall 4.73 million cars in the US so far. The Japans’ Transport Ministry said last Friday that carmakers would recall some additional 7 million vehicles by March 2019, following the recent massive expansion announced in the US, where 35-40 million potentially faulty parts had to be withdrawn from market by December 2019. Takata’s shares have received a serious boost since last week when reports over a possible rescue move by the private equity company Kohlberg Kravis Roberts surfaced into the media.