Toyota Motor Corp (NYSE: TM) said Wednesday it is adding vehicles to a series of safety recalls announced in 2016. The Company is recalling an additional 1.7 million vehicles worldwide for potentially faulty Takata airbag inflators. Approximately 1.3 million vehicles are involved in the United States.
The new recall relates to certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles from the 2010 through 2016 model years. These vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators that, if exposed to high humidity, high temperatures, andhigh temperature cycling, may rupture if defective. This may cause sharp metal fragments to pass through the airbag directly towards the driver, increasing the risk of serious injury or death.
Owners of all vehicles subject to recall will receive direct notification by first class mail or other means starting in late January 2019. Depending on the owner’s vehicle model, Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflator free of charge.
Ford’s highest priority vehicles are the Ford Mustang model years 2004-2014, Ford Ranger model years 2004-2006, and Ford GT model years 2005-2006. Honda’s affected vehicles include certain cars from model years 2001-2015 as well as the Honda Gold Wing Motorcycle model years 2006-2016. Certain Acura vehicles model years 2002-2016 also may be affected.
Multiple deaths have been reported linked to faulty Takata airbag inflators. According to Reuters, 21 deaths have been reported in Honda vehicles and two in Ford vehicles.
19 automakers have recalled over 100 million potentially defective Takata airbag inflators thus far. More than 290 injuries have been reported worldwide due to the issue.