Toyota Expands Airbag Recall, Renotifies Affected Owners

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GM isn’t the only automaker in the news for airbag-related recalls. Toyota announced today an expansion of a previous recall to address a faulty front passenger airbag inflator — the inflator could rupture, causing the airbag to deploy abnormally. According to the automaker, certain vehicles that were previously inspected but not fixed should have received a new inflator and it’s renotifying affected consumers.

More Recalls

The original recall was announced in April 2013 and covered several Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda vehicles — almost 3 million vehicles worldwide and over a million in the U.S. Now Toyota is saying that more of its vehicles are affected. “Toyota has determined that the involved serial numbers provided by the supplier were incomplete, and did not include all of the potentially involved inflators,” the automaker said in a statement.

The Toyota models affected by the original recall and the expansion include certain 2003-04 Corolla sedans, Matrix hatchbacks and Tundra pickup trucks; certain 2002-04 Sequoia SUVs; and certain 2002-04 Lexus SC 430 coupes. Toyota says that approximately 766,300 vehicles in the U.S. were covered by the 2013 recall but did not release numbers related to the expansion.

The recall expansion is being combined with a renotification campaign. According to Toyota, owners of vehicles under the original recall that were inspected but did not receive a replacement inflator will get a new letter telling them the inflator will be replaced. Owners with vehicles affected by the expanded recall will get a letter telling them the part will be replaced.

The repairs will be done for free; consumers with questions can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or Lexus at 800-255-3987. photo by Kelsey Mays

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