Toyota Corolla S US-spec

Toyota has announced that it is recalling around 1,584,000 more Toyota, Scion and Lexus vehicles in the United States over defective front passenger airbag inflators manufacturer by Takata, based on recent information provided by both the Japanese parts maker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

As with similar airbag recalls happening worldwide, the issue at hand concerns a particular type of Takata inflator, which contains a propellant that could degrade through prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures and high temperature cycling. This could result in an inflator rupture when the airbag is deployed, spraying sharp metal shards at occupants which can cause death or serious injury.

The vehicles affected include the 2009-2011 Toyota Corolla and Matrix, 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris, 2010-2011 Toyota 4Runner, 2011 Toyota Sienna, 2008-2011 Scion xB, 2007-2011 Lexus ES, 2010-2011 Lexus GS and 2006-2011 Lexus IS. Owners of these vehicles will be notified via first class mail, and dealers will replace either the airbag inflator or the entire airbag assembly, depending on the vehicle model, free of charge.