Toyota recalls 1.3M vehicles in the United States to fix air bags

Recalls have been a problem for Toyota since 2009 with Takata airbag inflators being a particularly widespread problem

Recalls have been a problem for Toyota since 2009 with Takata airbag inflators being a particularly widespread problem

U.S. authorities in 2014 exposed the Takata airbag defect, which has since resulted in a series of massive recalls concerning at least 100 million units worldwide from multiple manufacturers. Lexus models effected include ES 350, GX 460, IS 250C, IS 350C, IS 250, IS 350 and IS-F.

Those vehicles include Scion, Toyota and Lexus models from as early as 2010 through as recent as 2017. Also included is the Scion XB, 2010 through 2015. And prior to that, 37 million USA vehicles with 50 million inflators were recalled, Reuters reported.

The recall affects 1.3 million vehicles in the United States.

To see if your vehicle has been recalled, head to https://www.toyota.com/recall or https://www.airbagrecall.com and enter your license plate or vehicle identification number. They were made with ammonium nitrate and are prone to exploding upon deployment, which can send flaming shrapnel at passengers-a potentially deadly situation.

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Toyota says when the airbags deploy, the inflator can explode with too much force sending sharp metal fragments that could potentially injur or kill someone inside. Owners of vehicles that are involved in the recall will receive a direct notification in late January. That's why inflators in the South along the Gulf of Mexico pose the greatest risks, according to the AP. Automakers are scheduled to replace 10 million starting this month.

They cover 37 million vehicles and about 50 million inflators in the US.

The NHSTA has a VIN lookup that will let vehicle owners know if their auto has been recalled for any reason, including whether it is part of the Takata recall.

The recalls forced Takata of Japan to seek bankruptcy protection and sell most of its assets to pay for the fixes.

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