For more information on the Takata airbag recall, click here. 10/27/14Just the Facts:
- Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling approximately 247,000 cars because of potentially defective front passenger airbag inflators supplied by Takata Corp.
- The recall includes the 2002-'05 Lexus SC and Toyota Sequoia, and the 2003-'05 Toyota Tundra, Corolla and Corolla Matrix.
- "The inflator could rupture with metal fragments" striking passengers, NHTSA said.
WASHINGTON — Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling approximately 247,000 cars, including the 2002-'05 Lexus SC and Toyota Sequoia and the 2003-'05 Toyota Tundra, Corolla and Corolla Matrix because of potentially defective front passenger airbag inflators supplied by Takata Corp., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Also part of the recall is the Pontiac Vibe, a sibling of the Toyota Matrix that was built by Toyota.
"The inflator could rupture with metal fragments" striking passengers, NHTSA said.
Toyota said it has received no reports of injuries or fatalities related to the recall.
The vehicles being recalled are registered or originally sold in areas of South Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa.
"The inflators in the front passenger airbags are susceptible to rupture in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the front passenger airbag," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "The inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger-seat occupant or other occupants."
This latest Toyota recall is part of a larger number of regional recalls by several automakers, including BMW, Ford, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Subaru, to fix Takata airbags. More than 4.5 million cars are affected by the Takata recall.
Toyota, Lexus and GM dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflator. If a replacement inflator is not available, as an interim measure, the dealer will disable the front passenger airbag and tell the customer not to use the front passenger seat until a replacement inflator is installed.
The Toyota recall will begin around October 25. NHTSA said details on GM's notification and remedy schedule are pending.
Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac Vibe owners can contact GM at 1-800-521-730.
Edmunds says: If you own one of these cars, federal safety regulators are urging you to "act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags."