TORRANCE, California — Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A is adding approximately 1,584,000 vehicles to the ongoing Takata airbag recall, the automaker said on Monday.
The additional vehicles are:
- 2009-'11 Toyota Corolla
- 2009-'11 Toyota Matrix
- 2006-'11 Toyota Yaris
- 2010-'11 Toyota 4Runner
- 2011 Toyota Sienna
- 2008-'11 Scion xB
- 2007-'11 Lexus ES
- 2010-'11 Lexus GX
- 2006-'11 Lexus IS
The vehicles are being recalled to fix front passenger-side Takata airbag inflators.
Toyota said the affected inflators may rupture when the airbag deploys, due to inflator propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures and high temperature cycling.
"There will be five phases beginning this month and continuing through 2019," Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight told Edmunds in response to a query about the timing of the recall.
No further details were provided on whether certain regions of the U.S. would get priority in the recall expansion.
The defective Takata inflators can explode with too much force in a crash, shooting metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants. They have been linked to more than 100 injuries and 13 deaths worldwide.
"At Toyota, as of May 22, 2016, based on a diligent but not yet 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 safety recall," Knight wrote.
"Among the total population of vehicles subject to Toyota's recall of Takata-produced inflators, Toyota is aware of allegations of injuries associated with Takata inflator ruptures in Toyota-produced vehicles, though we are not aware of any fatalities," she added.
Toyota has recalled 4.73 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix Takata airbags.
Owners will be notified by first-class mail.