Toyota recall and deadly airbag risk: What to do if you drive one of these models
Toyota and Lexus have joined Ford and Honda in recalling vehicles to replace the potentially deadly Takata airbag inflators.
Toyota’s recall covers 1.7 million vehicles in North America, including 1.3 million in the U.S. It’s part of the largest series of automotive recalls in the nation’s history, set in place when regulators realized that the chemical reaction that powers Takata’s airbag inflators can degrade and explode, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 23 people have been killed worldwide and hundreds have been injured.
One third of the recalled inflators still have not been replaced, according to an annual report from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the AP reports. That means 16.7 million faulty inflators out of 50 million under recall have yet to be fixed, so check your cars.