Toyota Pushing to Fix More Vehicles With Defective Airbag Inflators
Toyota is conducting a supplemental recall of some 247,000 vehicles to correct a potential airbag issue.
Models affected by this latest action include the Corolla small car, Matrix hatchback, Sequoia SUV, Tundra pickup truck and Lexus SC coupe. The vehicles in question were built between 2001 and 2004 and feature airbag components manufactured by supplier company Takata.
The issue has to do with inflators, the part that pumps up an airbag in a crash. The trouble is some of these components may be ruptured. Obviously this can affect how well they perform in an accident but it can also send metal debris flying when they go off, which is not good.
This latest action piggybacks on other call backs Toyota issued in April of 2013 and June of this year. It increases the company’s efforts to fix defective cars and trucks. It adds a few vehicles to the recall total and focuses on certain high-humidity markets, places like southern Florida, Puerto Rico and Hawaii, among several others.
All known owners of affected Toyota and Lexus vehicles will be warned of the recall by first-class mail. Notifications should be sent out starting this week. Dealerships will replace defective inflators.
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