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Toyota recalls 1.7 million vehicles in North America to fix airbags

10 January 2019

Toyota is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S.to replace potentially deadly Takata front passenger air bag inflators. Previously, 37 million USA vehicles with 50 million inflators were recalled and 16.7 million inflators remain to be replaced.

Takata inflators can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Twenty-three people have died worldwide due to airbag inflator problems.

The recall also involves Luxury Lexus models: ES 350 sedans (2010-2012), GX 460 SUVs (2010-2017), IS 250C and IS 350C convertibles (2010-2015), IS 250 and IS 350 sedans (2010-2013) and Lexus IS-F sedans (2010-2014).

Scion XB compacts from the 2010 to 2015 model years are also involved.

Automakers in the United States repaired more than 7.2 million defective Takata air bag inflators in 2018 as companies ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement, according to a report released last month.

The Japanese auto manufacturer did not say whether it had been notified of injuries or serious incidents related to the latest recall.

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The most risky inflators are in areas of the South along the Gulf of Mexico that have high humidity.

Last week, Ford Motor Co said it was recalling 953,000 vehicles worldwide for Takata inflators.

Last week, USA automaker Ford recalled 953,000 vehicles to address Takata airbag problems.

Since that time one third of the recalled inflators still have not been replaced, according to an annual report from the government and a court-appointed monitor a year ago. About 100 million inflators are being recalled worldwide.

The recalls forced Takata of Japan to seek bankruptcy protection.

Toyota recalls 1.7 million vehicles in North America to fix airbags