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Toyota recalls 1.7 million vehicles in North America to fix airbags

12 January 2019
Toyota recalls 1.7 million vehicles in North America to fix airbags

At least 23 people around the world have been killed and hundreds of more people have been injured, CBS News reported on January 9.

The recall also covers the 2010 to 2012 ES 350, the 2010 to 2017 GX 460, the 2010 to 2015 IS 250C and 350C, the 2010 to 2013 IS 250 as well as the 350, and the 2010 to 2014 IS-F.

Those vehicles include Scion, Toyota and Lexus models from as early as 2010 through as recent as 2017. It also includes the 2010 to 2015 Scion XB.

It's the next step in what has been one of the biggest automotive recalls in USA history, reported the AP.

Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles in North America to replace potentially deadly airbga inflators.

According to the Associated Press, Toyota's recall is part of a phase-in replacement of Takata inflators. Takata used the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the air bags.

Takata inflators can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.

The Takata airbag recall continues to impact more auto owners worldwide with Toyota, Scion and Lexus models as the latest vehicles added to the recall. Automakers are scheduled to replace 10 million starting this month.

Depending on the model, dealers will either replace the front passenger airbag inflator or airbag assembly for free.

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

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the Takata matter concerns 34 million vehicles and 46 million airbags in the United States but this could rise to 70 million by the end of 2019.

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

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