Toyota recalls 1.7 million more autos over Takata airbag defects

Recalls have been a problem for Toyota since 2009 with Takata airbag inflators being a particularly widespread problem

Toyota has announced the recall of 1.7 million Toyota and Lexus cars on Wednesday due to airbag issues. In November, the firm recalled 1.6 million vehicles worldwide.

Because of a defect in the airbag, the Takata inflators can explode with too much force, potentially causing sharp metal fragments to pass through the airbag and spray directly at the driver and passengers, increasing the risk of death or serious injury.

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). The Scion XB is also included in the recall.

Dealerships will replace either the airbag inflators or entire airbag systems.

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Auto owners who are affected by the recall will be notified via mail in January.

Last week, Ford Motor Co said it was recalling 953,000 vehicles worldwide for Takata inflators.

Since that time one third of the recalled inflators still have not been replaced, according to an annual report from the government and a court-appointed monitor previous year.

Safety advocates say the completion rate should be far higher given the danger associated with the inflators.

Owners can check to see if their vehicles have been recalled by going to https://www.toyota.com/recall or https://www.airbagrecall.com and keying license plate or vehicle identification numbers.

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