The seemingly never-ending Takata airbag recalls continue. This time, it’s primarily very popular Lexus and Toyota models in the U.S. with a much smaller number affecting Canada and Mexico. Of the 1.7 million vehicles that need a new passenger airbag inflator or assembly, 1.3 million are in the United States.
The vehicle models needing the repair are:
- 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
- 2010-2013 Toyota Corolla
- 2010-2013 Toyota Matrix
- 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna
- 2010-2015 Toyota Scion XB
- 2010-2012 Lexus ES 350
- 2010-2017 Lexus GX 460
- 2010-2015 Lexus IS 250C
- 2010-2015 Lexus IS 350C
- 2010-2013 Lexus IS 250
- 2010-2013 Lexus IS 350
- 2010-2014 Lexus IS-F
According to carcomplaints.com, the airbags currently in the vehicles have metal inflators that contain ammonium nitrate without a drying agent added to protect the chemical from moisture. The moisture can destabilize the ammonium nitrate and turn the metal inflator into what essentially becomes a grenade, shrapnel and all.
Recall notices are expected to be mailed toward the end of January 2019 and Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace the passenger airbag inflators with new inflators or replace the entire passenger airbag assembly.
Owners with questions should call 1-800-255-3987.
If you or someone you know has had problems with your vehicle and the manufacturer has refused to resolve your issues by way of warranty or recall, call the Law Office of Richard Schechter today for a free consultation. Mr. Schechter will be happy to answer any questions you may have and explain your legal rights. Call 1-800-734-5612 today.