Toyota air bag recall: 1.7 million cars need Takata air bags replaced

Toyota Wants 1.7 Million Vehicles Back Because Airbags Are ‘Potentially Deadly’

Toyota Wants 1.7 Million Vehicles Back Because Airbags Are ‘Potentially Deadly’

Toyota is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S.to replace potentially deadly Takata front passenger air bag inflators.

There are fears that when this happens shrapnel could be hurled across the vehicle causing significant harm or damage to passengers.

Tesla has initiated its recall for the 2014-16 model-year Model S as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. Lexus models effected include ES 350, GX 460, IS 250C, IS 350C, IS 250, IS 350 and IS-F. Also included is the Scion XB, 2010 through 2015.

Dealers will either replace the inflator or the air bag assembly.

Auto owners who are affected by the recall will be notified via mail in January. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.

Toyota wouldn't say if anyone has been injured in vehicles covered by the latest recall.

According to the Associated Press, Toyota's recall is part of a phase-in replacement of Takata inflators. In total, 19 automakers are recalling more than 100 million potentially faulty inflators worldwide. Ford and Honda have already announced recalls.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the Takata matter concerns 34 million vehicles and 46 million airbags in the United States but this could rise to 70 million by the end of 2019.

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

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