The Japanese automaker announced this week that it was forced to call back to dealers another 331, 200 cars, because of the potentially defective airbags made by Takata.
There are around 29 million cars affected so far only in the United States by the explosive inflators and, in all, as many as 120 million Takata airbags in US vehicles have ammonium nitrate, the chemical substance that led to the deadly ruptures. As a result, the US safety regulators are examining whether an additional 70 million to 90 million airbags may endanger drivers.
Therefore, recalls over the issue will come in numbers in the coming period. In the latest safety campaign triggered by the Japanese auto supplier, the world’s biggest automaker by sales said this week it found out that there were another 331,200 affected cars worldwide, therefore a new recall has been issued. Toyota said the new action increased the number of Toyota vehicles with Takata airbags on a global scale to 15,314,000, including 3,156,000 in the United States. All the models added to the extended recall are fitted with a Takata-made dual-stage front passenger inflators.
In the US, an extra 198,000 Toyota cars have to go back to dealers: 2008 Corolla and Corolla Matrix models as well as 2008 to 2010 model years Lexus SC 430 vehicles. 231,000 units is the total number for the North America. In Europe, 86,000 vehicles will be added to the ongoing campaign, 3,000 in Japan – Avensis and Lexus SC 430 models made from May 2007 to July 2010, 220 models in Asia, while in other regions there are another 11,000 cars.