Toyota expands Takata air bag recall — 1.5 million more vehicles

(May 24, 2016) TORRANCE, Calif. — Toyota today announced that, based on recent information from Takata and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,  it is expanding its recalls involving Takata front passenger air bag inflators. The involved vehicles are equipped with a particular type of Takata inflator. 

According to Takata, a safety defect may arise in front passenger air bag inflators in the involved vehicles due to inflator propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures and high temperature cycling.  This may result in an inflator rupture when the air bag deploys.

This expansion involves approximately 1,584,000 additional vehicles in U.S.  The following models are included:

    2009 - 2011MY Corolla, Matrix
    2006 - 2011MY Yaris
    2010 - 2011MY 4Runner
    2011MY Sienna
    2008 - 2011MY Scion xB
    2007 - 2011MY Lexus ES
    2010 – 2011MY Lexus GX
    2006 – 2011MY Lexus IS

All known owners of the affected Toyota, Scion, and Lexus vehicles will be notified by first class mail.  Depending on the vehicle model, dealers will replace the air bag inflator or the air bag assembly at no cost.  

Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time.  For the most up-do-date Safety Recall information on Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles, customers should check their vehicle’s status by visiting toyota.com/recall and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).  Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site: safercar.gov/vin. 

Additional details regarding Takata recalls can be found at safercar.gov/rs/takata

For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331, or Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.