TORRANCE, California — Toyota on Tuesday said it is expanding its recalls for defective Takata front-passenger airbag inflators to an additional 1.37 million vehicles, including the 2003-'07 Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix.
"These are new VINs (Vehicle Identification Numbers) being added to existing recalls," replied Cindy Knight, a Toyota spokeswoman when asked by Edmunds if these vehicles were part of previous Toyota recalls for Takata airbags.
This brings the total number of Toyota and Lexus vehicles covered by Takata recalls in the U.S. to approximately 2,915,000.
The defective Takata airbags can deploy with too much force, shooting shrapnel at vehicle occupants. There have been seven deaths linked to Takata airbags in Honda vehicles. Six of the fatalities have occurred in the U.S.
Toyota is not aware of any injuries or fatalities linked to the vehicles in the expanded recall.
Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by first-class mail within 60 days to return their vehicles to a Toyota or Lexus dealer. The dealer will replace the airbag inflator with a newly manufactured one, Toyota said.
No information about the expanded Toyota recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Owners of these cars should stay in touch with their dealers for the most up-to-date information on when parts will become available.