Recalls: Toyota recalling 2 million vehicles over airbag woes

Toyota is apparently expanding upon their original recall for faulty airbag inflators. Last year, the Japanese automaker recalled a large amount of their cars over the same issue last year. Now, it looks like the issue will have to be tended to again.

According to their latest release, the serial numbers provided by the supplier were incomplete and cars involved did not receive the proper inflators, so they need to be replaced again.

A company spokesperson told AutoBlog that 766,300 vehicles in the US are recalled in addition to many others from the past–vehicles that were either not fixed from the initial recall or vehicles that need to be looked again again.

Takata is the supplier involved with the airbag inflators and supplies to Honda, Nissan, and Mazda as well. Though none of those cars have been reported to have faults just yet. All of the brands however, are investigating accordingly.

Check out the statement after the jump.

Toyota Renotifies Owners of Certain Previously Recalled Vehicles

June 11, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., June 11, 2014 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. today announced that it will renotify owners of certain vehicles involved in an April 2013 safety recall for the front passenger airbag inflators installed in several models. Toyota is modifying the remedy procedure.

The 2013 recall remedy involved inspection of the front passenger air bag, and if equipped with an affected inflator, the inflator would be replaced with a newly manufactured one at no charge to the owner.

Toyota has determined that the involved serial numbers provided by the supplier were incomplete, and did not include all of the potentially involved inflators.

For vehicles which were inspected and did not receive a replacement inflator, Toyota will re-notify the owners and replace the inflator with a new one.

For vehicles which have not received the 2013 recall remedy previously, Toyota is changing the remedy from “inspect and replace the inflator if it is involved” to “replace the inflator with a new one.”.

The involved vehicles were equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant. Improperly manufactured propellant could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash.

Approximately 766,300 vehicles in the US were covered by the 2013 recall, including vehicles that were previously inspected and already received a replacement inflator. This recall involves certain Model Year 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and Tundra; certain Model Year 2002-2004 Sequoia; and certain Model Year 2002-2004 Lexus SC 430 coupes.

Owners of vehicles subject to this safety recall will receive an owner notification letter by first class mail.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall, the Toyota Customer Experience at 1 800-331-4331, www.lexus.com/recall and Lexus Customer Satisfaction (1 800-255-3987).


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