Toyota is recalling 1.5 million vehicles with dangerous Takata airbag inflators, including some from its Scion and Lexus divisions.
The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced an additional 35-40 million Takata airbags would need to be recalled across multiple brands across the USA. See the full list of recalled vehicles.
Takata’s metal inflators are at risk of exploding because they don’t contain a drying agent called desiccate. Over time, the ammonium nitrate inside the inflator can become unstable when exposed to heat and humidity. If they do explode during an airbag deployment, metal shrapnel shoots throughout the cabin, injuring or killing the people inside.
Toyota, like other automakers, doesn’t have enough replacement parts to fix their vehicles. This is the largest recall in US history with 70 million cars affected and parts are scarce.
Owners should get an initial recall notice in the mail, and then another when parts become available.