Deadly Airbags Force Toyota and Lexus to Recall Million Vehicles: What to Know to Stay Safe
On Wednesday, Toyota, Lexus and Scion announced the recall of million North American vehicles that were manufactured with deadly Takata front passenger airbag inflators.
The recall is part of the largest series of recalls in automotive history, the Takata Airbag Safety Recall. So far, the recall has involved 19 automakers and tens of millions of airbags.
The Takata inflators can explode with too much force upon deployment, making it possible that they would hurl deadly shrapnel at passengers. At least 23 people have been killed worldwide as a result of the airbags, according to USA Today.
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This latest recall is for certain Toyota, Lexus and Scion models.
Affected Toyota models include the through 4Runner, the through Corolla, the through Matrix and the through Sienna.
Lexus models included in the recall are the through ES , the through GX , the through IS C, the through IS , the through IS and the through IS-F.
One Scion model is also included in the recall: the through XB.
A press release from Toyota states that the companies will replace the affected airbags for free, and that owners of the affected vehicles should receive notification in the mail.
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Depending on the vehicle model, Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace either the front passenger airbag inflator or airbag assembly at no cost to owners, the release says. Owners of all involved vehicles will receive direct notification by first class mail or other means starting in late January
Owners can also check if their vehicle is eligible for the recall here.
Toyota is conducting two separate Safety Recall actions related to Takata Front Passenger airbag inflators on various Toyota models and one Lexus model. These Safety Recalls remain active and repairs are underway.
The first is a nationwide recall, designated DSF (Toyota and Scion) or DSC (Lexus), and the second recall is regional, focused on the Gulf Coast and other areas within the United States and United States Territories with warmer climates and consistently high absolute humidity, designated E04 (Toyota and Scion) or ELG (Lexus).
A vehicle may be included in either the nationwide Takata inflator recall activity or the regional inflator recall. Any vehicle originally sold, or ever registered, in the previously defined high absolute humidity areas will be included in the E04/ELG Safety Recalls.
If your vehicle is involved in either recall, the front Passenger airbag inflator will be replaced at no charge to you at an authorized Toyota Dealer for Toyota and Scion models or authorized Lexus Dealer for the Lexus model involved. Only the models and model years listed below are equipped with the inflators subject to these recalls.
Nationwide Safety Recall DSF/DSC:(Front Passenger)
- Corolla Matrix
- Lexus SC
Regional Safety Recall E04/ELG:(Front Passenger)
- Corolla Matrix
- Lexus SC
High absolute humidity is related to higher temperature, southern coastal areas and is not the same as high relative humidity. Test results from the inflators recovered from consistently high absolute humidity areas have shown a possible elevated risk for Passenger airbag inflator explosion.
If your vehicle is not located in, or has not ever been registered in, the areas with consistently high absolute humidity (such as, Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Gulf Coast and US Territories), your vehicle is included in the nationwide Safety Recall.
Please see the Safety Recall Lookup Tool to confirm your vehicle's involvement.
The remedy for this safety recall is available for all involved vehicles. Please visit an authorized Toyota or Lexus dealer immediately for this FREE repair.
Get the latest updates on safety recalls, which uphold the highest standards of care for Lexus drivers.
Lexus place the highest importance of the quality of our vehicle and when this is not met we may conduct a product recall and if this happens you will be notified by letter. To find out more if your vehicle has been affected by a recall please use our online recall checker now.
LEXUS COMMITMENT TO CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
We at Lexus pride ourselves on our commitment to world-class craftsmanship and industry-leading customer service. Our pledge to "treat each customer as a guest in your home" isn't just a promise that we make, it's a promise that we intend to keep.
We see innovation as a never-ending process, and we’re immensely proud of our expertise in anticipating future needs and desires. Yet we have an even more important core commitment; to deliver the very highest standard of safety and quality in each and every car that carries the Lexus marque. So on rare occasions, we may take the decision to announce a voluntary customer service campaign or safety recall, to ensure those standards are never compromised. To find out if your vehicle has been affected by a recall, use the VIN look-up tool below.
Thank you in advance for giving us the opportunity to prove our sterling reputation for customer service isn't only well documented, it's well deserved.
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The following Lexus UK models have been recalled, these vehicles were produced between September and May
To see if your car is affected, please use the Recall Lookup or contact your local Lexus Centre.
As part of Lexus’s commitment to quality and safety, Lexus is expanding these recalls involving certain Takata airbag inflators in vehicles.
At Lexus, the safety of our customers is our number one priority, which is why we continually monitor the performance of our vehicles through a number of sources. If we become aware of a certain component or aspect of our vehicles that doesn’t meet our strict standards we will take appropriate action, as we have done in this instance.
THE VEHICLES INVOLVED IN EUROPE
The vehicles involved in Europe are the Lexus SC, IS, ES and GX produced between December and December , as well as the Lexus ES , GX , IS Convert, IS /, IS-F and the LFA between January and December for the airbag inflator.
HOW WE ARE SUPPORTING OUR CUSTOMERS
Customers will be contacted by each national distributor in the countries. Airbag inflator replacement will be performed at no charge to customers. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact your national distributor or alternatively please contact your local Lexus dealer.
THE REASONS FOR THESE RECALLS
In the involved vehicles a safety defect may arise in certain Takata air bag inflators due to inflator propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling. This may result in an inflator rupture when the air bag deploys.
If you have been contacted about a Lexus recall, or have reason to believe your vehicle may be included in a recall, you can quickly find out more by using our 3-step Recall Checker below. To find out if your vehicle is included in the Takata airbag campaign we have developed a simple process below.
Certain Lexus models have been recalled for front passenger airbag inflators that were manufactured by Takata.
In involved vehicles, the non-desiccated propellant that inflates the passengers front airbag could absorb moisture and degrade. If the inflator propellant degrades and the vehicle is involved in a collision, the airbag can go off with too much explosive force, causing sharp metal fragments to shoot out and kill or seriously injure people in the vehicle.
This is an urgent safety recall on an unprecedented global scale across many automotive brands, including Lexus. It is important that all affected airbags are replaced as soon as possible and we urge you to check your vehicleimmediately. A full list of all vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recalls in Australia is available on the Recalls Australia website.
Lexus takes the safety of our customers seriously and we have worked hard to rectify all affected vehicles, prioritising vehicle rectification based on the location and age of the inflator and parts availability.
All affected Lexus vehicles have been actively recalled. It is important that you check your vehicle to ensure that any faulty Takata airbag has been replaced. Please also ensure that your contact details are up to date.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused by the Takata airbag recalls.LEARN MORE
Is my Lexus affected?
Affected vehicles are determined by Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). To check if your Lexus is affected by the Takata recalls, please enter your VIN here. For a table of Lexus vehicle models involved in the Takata recalls and their PRA numbers (a unique number given to each recall by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) please click here.
Lexus will notify registered owners of affected vehicles by mail. Lexus urges all guests who have been advised of active recall to contact the Lexus Customer Assistance Centre from am to pm Monday to Friday.CALL
Translation services are available at this number or via the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National).
The National Relay Service is available to assist customers who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.
Alternatively, please contact your closest/preferred Lexus Dealer, quoting your VIN. Your Lexus Dealer can advise of parts availability and book your vehicle in for free airbag rectification.
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Toyota, Lexus recall million vehicles due to airbag issues
Toyota has announced the recall of million Toyota and Lexus cars on Wednesday due to airbag issues.
According to USA Today , the airbag inflators could explode on deployment and send shrapnel at passengers. The airbags are part of ongoing issues with Takata, who supplied airbags to nearly every major automaker. Twenty-three people have died worldwide due to airbag inflator problems.
The affected Toyota and Lexus vehicles were manufactured between and Among Toyota models recalled are 4Runner, Corolla, Matrix and Sienna. Lexus models effected include ES , GX , IS C, IS C, IS , IS and IS-F. The Scion XB is also included in the recall.
Car owners who are affected by the recall will be notified via mail in January. You can also click here to see if your car is covered under the recall.
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