Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles in North America to replace potentially deadly airbga inflators.
More than 290 injuries worldwide have been linked to Takata inflators that could explode, spraying metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks. Japanese manufacturer Takata's front passenger air bag inflators killed at least 23 people worldwide and injured hundreds more. Lexus models effected include ES 350, GX 460, IS 250C, IS 350C, IS 250, IS 350 and IS-F.
Scion XB compacts from the 2010 to 2015 model years are also involved.More news: FDA Postponing Some Food Inspections As Shutdown Drags On, Commissioner Says
Toyota and Lexus dealers will either replace the inflator or the entire air bag assembly with equipment made by other manufacturers that does not contain ammonium nitrate.
Owners will be notified by mail or other means in late January. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.
This is Toyota's third large-scale Takata-related recall in five months.
To date, 21 deaths have been reported in Honda Motor Co vehicles and two in Ford vehicles.More news: Eye patient injured after being prescribed erectile dysfunction cream by mistake
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.
The report says 16.7 million faulty inflators out of 50 million under recall have yet to be fixed. Both automakers have urged some drivers of older vehicles not to drive them until the inflators are replaced. About 100 million inflators are being recalled worldwide.
The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June 2017.More news: Crystal Palace’s Wayne Hennessey denies ‘Nazi salute’ during team night out