Toyota Recalls 1.6 Million Vehicles In Expanded Takata Air Bag Recall

The Takata air bag recall, the worlds biggest auto safety recall ever, just got a bit bigger.

Toyota just announced they are recalling 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. due to concerns they contain defective Takata air bag inflaters.

Toyota made the move in response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s efforts to get all possibly affected vehicles off the road.

Models being recalled include: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 GX; 2006-2011 Lexus IS.

Toyota is currently notifying customers by mail and said it will replace the inflaters for free.

If you see your car on the recall list, you can contact your dealer to see about having it replaced.

Since the initial recall, Toyota has recalled over 4.6 million cars, trucks and SUV’s; they have also stopped using Takata as their air bag supplier as of November of 2015.

As of now, 11 deaths and over 100 injuries have been reported and linked to the defective airbags.

The problem stems from the inflaters using ammonium nitrate, which when exposed to heat and humidity can become unstable and cause the air bag to explode when it deploys.

Takata has since changed how they make the ammonium nitrate, adding a drying agent to stabilize it.

As of now, Takata is the largest air bag supplier in the field, so many are hoping these issues can be fixed and Takata can get back on it’s feet.

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