Toyota recalls 1.7m vehicles worldwide over air bag inflators

The 2010-2016 4Runner is one of several vehicles included in the new recall.                  Toyota

United States 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.

The recall also involves Luxury Lexus models: ES 350 sedans (2010-2012), GX 460 SUVs (2010-2017), IS 250C and IS 350C convertibles (2010-2015), IS 250 and IS 350 sedans (2010-2013) and Lexus IS-F sedans (2010-2014). Drivers can also sign up to receive email alerts from the NHSTA about newly announced recalls.

The move announced Wednesday is part of the largest series of automotive recalls in US history.

Toyota has announced a recall of an additional 1.7 million cars overs concerns the airbags could explode.

To see if your vehicle has been recalled, head to https://www.toyota.com/recall or https://www.airbagrecall.com and enter your license plate or vehicle identification number. Takata used the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the air bags.

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

Dealers will either replace the inflator or the entire airbag assembly. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.

Owners will be notified by mail or other means in late January. Automakers are scheduled to replace 10 million more starting this month.

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

The Takata airbag recall has impacted most auto manufacturers around the world.

Takata was forced to file for bankruptcy protection in June 2017 before the firm was acquired by Key Safety Systems in April 2018.

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