TORRANCE, California — Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is expanding its recall of vehicles with faulty Takata front passenger airbags to include approximately 198,000 2008 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix and 2008-'10 Lexus SC 430 cars, the automaker said on Wednesday.
"This will add model years of certain vehicles previously recalled and will cover all remaining dual-stage front-passenger inflators of a particular type, as a precautionary measure," Toyota said in a statement.
The Takata inflators can deploy with too much force, spewing metal shrapnel into the cabin.
"As of March 2, 2016, based on a diligent but not exhaustive review of available data, we are not aware of any injuries or fatalities associated with Takata inflator ruptures among the population of vehicles involved in this recall expansion," wrote Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight in response to a query from Edmunds.
She added: "Among the total population of vehicles subject to Toyota's recall for Takata-produced inflators, Toyota is aware of allegations of injuries associated with Takata inflator ruptures in Toyota- produced vehicles while we are not aware of any fatalities. We note that injuries and fatalities can result from the recall condition."
Approximately 29 million Takata airbag inflators have been recalled in the U.S. in more than 19 million vehicles. The defective inflators have been linked to 10 deaths worldwide and hundreds of injuries.
Interim notifications begin in mid-March. A second notification will go out to owners in early June, advising them when to contact their dealer for a service appointment.
"We urge customers in both the original and expanded populations to have this recall completed at the earliest opportunity," Knight wrote.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not posted any information about this expanded Toyota recall.
Edmunds says: Consumers should make it a habit to check NHTSA's VIN Lookup tool regularly to see if their vehicle is included in the ongoing Takata airbag recall.