Nearly six million more Toyota vehicles are now under recall worldwide due to the infamous and ever-growing Takata airbag recall. The deadly defect within the Takata airbags has been linked to as many as 16 fatalities thus far, as well as several injuries.
Toyota claims the latest Takata airbag recall spans across 1.4 million vehicles in Europe, 1.1 million in Japan and another 820,000 in China. All of the vehicles affected were manufactured from April 2006 through December 2014. Toyota is now responsible for recalling more than 23 million vehicles worldwide containing the defective airbags, including the following U.S. vehicles:
- 2010-2011 Toyota 4Runner
- 2003-2011 Toyota Corolla
- 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix
- 2009-2011 Toyota Matrix
- 2004-2005 Toyota Rav4
- 2011 Toyota Sienna
- 2002-2007 Toyota Sequoia
- 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
- 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris
The issue lies with Takata’s defective airbag inflators, which contain a sensitive propellant known as ammonium nitrate that may degrade over time when lacking a drying agent to prevent the buildup of moisture. The ammonium nitrate can then force the airbag to inflate with deadly force, blasting metal shrapnel at the vehicle’s occupants even in small car accidents.
In order to help protect unsuspecting drivers, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created a website dedicated to the Takata airbag recall, allowing consumers to search through updates and recalls to learn if their vehicle is affected. To search if your vehicle contains the defective airbags, go to http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html.