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Toyota Re-notifies 247,000 Owners About the Takata Airbag Recall

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On: Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 3:22PM | By: Teddy Field


Toyota Re-notifies 247,000 Owners About the Takata Airbag Recall

Earlier in the year, seven automakers were forced to recall over one million vehicles that were fitted with faulty airbag inflators made by OEM supplier Takata. In a crash, these deflators could rupture and spray shrapnel inside the cabin. Six injuries have already been reported, making this a rather serious problem. To prevent further injuries, Toyota is going to re-notify owners of cars in high-humidity regions. Is your car affected? Click through to find out.

In June, Toyota issued a worldwide recall for 3.6 million vehicles that were fitted with faulty airbag inflators that were manufactured by Japanese auto part supplier Takata. Apparently, improper handling of the propellent used inside the metal deployment canisters caused the chemical to become over pressurized. When called upon to deploy the airbag, the metal canister can explode, launching sharp metal bits into the face and body of the person that the airbag was intended to protect. Further study has revealed a link between high humidity, and the exploding canisters. So NHTSA forced automakers to issue a second campaign in humid regions like Hawaii, Florida, and the Virgin Islands.

Given the severity of the problem, Toyota has decided to notify 247,000 owners in Florida, the Gulf Coast region, Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the second time that these Toyota owners have been notified, and the company hopes this campaign will prompt owners to take the issue seriously. No injuries or deaths have been reported in Toyota vehicles, but a New York Times report has linked two deaths and 30 injuries to Honda vehicles afflicted with the same problem.

Toyota will replace the defective inflators free of charge. But if for some reason a replacement deflator isn’t immediately available, Toyota has instructed dealers to disable the airbag until a replacement part can be installed. Takata is expected to lose around $470 million dollars as a result of this recall.

Affected Toyota Vehicles

2003 - 2005 Toyota Matrix

2003 - 2005 Toyota Corolla

2003 - 2005 Toyota Sequoia

2003 - 2005 Toyota Tundra

If your car is on this list, please take it to the nearest Toyota dealer immediately.




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