Toyota to recall almost 2m vehichles due to Takata airbags

More than 1.3m of them will be recalled from the US

In the ongoing saga of the Takata airbag scandal, which caused one of the largest recalls in United States history, Toyota is recalling once again millions of vehicles worldwide for issues with air bag inflators. More precisely, in this latest recall, Toyota is recalling 1.7m vehicles globally including cars from model years 2010 through 2015.

Several Lexus and Scion models are also being recalled along with vehicles including the Toyota 4Runner (model years 2010 to 2016), Corolla and Matrix (model years 2010 to 2013), and Sienna (model years 2011 to 2014).

News comes after Toyota and Lexus issued another major recall right before the holidays, also due to issues with airbag inflators. Meanwhile, Ford also recently announced plans to recall nearly 1m vehicles due to those same faulty airbag inflators. Honda and Acura issued major airbag-related recalls in 2018 as well, as did Ford and General Motors, among others.

Worldwide, tens of millions of vehicles with Takata airbags installed are facing recall because of an increased chance the bags will explode and send potentially deadly shrapnel flying through the car. So far at least 23 deaths have been linked to the exploding Takata airbags, including 15 deaths in the US. Due to that reason in total, 37m vehicles have been recalled just in the US, with over 50m airbag inflators recalled and the numbers continue to rise.

In 2018, as a result of the ongoing recalls, Takata filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the US.

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