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Toyota recalls 1.7m vehicles worldwide over air bag inflators

10 January 2019

Toyota is recalling more than 1.3 million vehicles in the US because of a potentially deadly Takata air bag inflator in the front passenger seat. The ACCC earlier this year added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.

More than 290 injuries worldwide have been linked to Takata inflators that could explode, spraying metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks.

USA authorities in 2014 exposed the Takata airbag defect, which has since resulted in a series of massive recalls concerning at least 100 million units worldwide from multiple manufacturers. Lexus models include: the 2010 through 2012 ES 350, the 2010 through 2017 GX 460, the 2010 through 2015 IS 250C and 350C, the 2010 through 2013 IS 250 and 350 and the 2010 through 2014 IS-F. Also included is the Scion XB, 2010 through 2015.

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Automakers in the United States repaired more than 7.2 million defective Takata air bag inflators in 2018 as companies ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement, according to a report released last month.

Vehicle owners who are affected by the recall will be notified via mail in January.

Toyota wouldn't say if anyone has been injured in vehicles covered by the latest recall.

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To date, 21 deaths have been reported in Honda Motor Co vehicles and two in Ford vehicles.

The latest development in the Takata airbag recall, which affected most automakers, could see shrapnel flung across the vehicle when the airbag deploys in certain Toyota and Lexus cars.

Owners can check to see if their vehicles have been recalled by going to https://www.toyota.com/recall or https://www.airbagrecall.com and keying license plate or vehicle identification numbers.

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Toyota recalls 1.7m vehicles worldwide over air bag inflators