The Japanese automaker said it had to further extend its recently announced recall in Canada by more than 33, 000 cars.
Toyota Motor issued another recall this week over the defective frontal airbags made by Takata. The automaker is forced to extend the safety campaign with 33,264 more vehicles in Canada, bringing the total in the country to 400,124 vehicles since 2013, the Canadian government said. So far, there are more than 19 million cars affected by the explosive inflators only in the United States and an estimated 29 million Takata inflators have been recalled until now. However, as many as 120 million airbags made by the Japanese automotive supplier found on US vehicles have ammonium nitrate, the chemical substance that led to the deadly ruptures.
The world’s biggest automaker by sales notified the safety regulators last week that it found out that there were another 331,200 affected cars worldwide, therefore a new recall has been announced. Toyota said the new action increased the number of its 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 Takata-made dual-stage front passenger inflators.
An US senator that is investigating the recalls recently said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should move faster in addressing this “recall fiasco.” “We need to end this confusion and I think the process has to begin with having NHTSA take a hard look at whether” to order a recall of up to 90 million Takata airbags with ammonium nitrate-based inflators.