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Toyota Issues Mass Recall due to Exploding Airbags

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Since 2014, airbag problems have plagued the auto industry, which has had to recall hundreds of millions of vehicles to replace faulty airbags made by one Japanese manufacturer. Now, Transport Canada is enforcing a nationwide recall for airbags found in at least five major car brands. Reports of exploding airbags in the United States have sparked concerns that the faulty units may explode when triggered, putting motorists and their passengers at risk in the event of an accident.

Approximately 20 deaths have been reported worldwide after these faulty airbags, made by Japanese manufacturer Takata, exploded upon impact. According to Transport Canada, “broken inflators may propel sharp fragments towards the driver or passengers”.

Previously, Transport Canada had issued recalls for Honda, Acura, Ford and Mazda vehicles. The recall now extends to the Toyota family of brands, which also includes Lexus and Scion vehicles. In total, 1.7 million Toyota vehicles were recalled this week.

Here are the recalled Toyota models:

  • Toyota 4-Runner (2010-2016)
  • Toyota Corolla (2010-2013)
  • Toyota Matrix (2010-2013)
  • Toyota Sienna (2011-2014)
  • Lexus ES 350 (2010-2012)
  • Lexus GX 460 (2010-2017)
  • Lexus IS 250C (2010-2015)
  • Lexus IS 350C (2010-2015)
  • Lexus IS 250 (2010-2013)
  • Lexus IS 350 (2010-2013)
  • Lexus IS-F (2010-2014)
  • Scion XB (2010-2015)

Just last week, Ford was also forced to recall just under 1 million at-risk vehicles due to problems with Takata airbags. Last November, Toyota had recalled 1.6 million vehicles.

Visit Toyota’s website to find out if your vehicle is affected by this week’s recall, or Transport Canada’s website for other car brands.

 

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