Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
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Toyota recalls 1.7m more vehicles over Takata airbag defects

Toyota recalls 1.7m more vehicles over Takata airbag defects

Japanese automaker Toyota wants 1.7 million vehicles in North America back because of "potentially deadly" Takata airbag inflators, reported The Associated Press Wednesday.

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).

It's one of the largest automotive recalls in USA history, according to the Associated Press. The inflators can "explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers", according to the AP. The ACCC earlier this year added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.

Toyota's recall is part of a phased-in replacement of Takata inflators.

At least 23 deaths worldwide have been linked to the rupturing of faulty Takata air bag inflators, including 15 in the United States. Ford and Honda have already announced recalls.

They cover 37 million vehicles and about 50 million inflators in the US.

The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June 2017. In April, auto components maker Key Safety Systems completed a US$1.6 billion (RM6.58 billion) deal to acquire Takata. The merged company, known as Joyson Safety Systems, is a subsidiary of Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp.

Toyota and Lexus dealers will either replace the inflator or the entire air bag assembly with equipment made by other manufacturers that does not contain ammonium nitrate.

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