Toyota recalls 1.7m more autos over Takata airbag defects

Recalls have been a problem for Toyota since 2009 with Takata airbag inflators being a particularly widespread problem

Recalls have been a problem for Toyota since 2009 with Takata airbag inflators being a particularly widespread problem

Toyota says when the airbags deploy, the inflator can explode with too much force sending sharp metal fragments that could potentially injur or kill someone inside.

Toyota added more vehicles to the list of those recalled on Wednesday with an announcement on its website.

The recall also covers the 2010 to 2012 ES 350, the 2010 to 2017 GX 460, the 2010 to 2015 IS 250C and 350C, the 2010 to 2013 IS 250 as well as the 350, and the 2010 to 2014 IS-F.

Like other Takata-related recalls, the fault revolves around airbags propellant that could degrade over time due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity.

A week ago, Ford Motor Co stated that it was recalling 953,000 vehicles worldwide for Takata inflators.

It includes multiple Toyota, Scion and Lexus brands from model years 2010 through 2017, according to a news release from the company. It also includes the 2010 to 2015 Scion XB.

To date, 21 deaths have been reported in Honda Motor Co vehicles and two in Ford vehicles.

Depending on the model, dealers will either replace the front passenger airbag inflator or airbag assembly for free.

It is more than three years after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took over management of recalls involving Takata inflators.

The report says 16.7 million faulty inflators out of 50 million under recall have yet to be fixed.

The problem caused by inflators made by Takata Corp has resulted in the largest series of auto recalls in United States history.

The recalls forced Takata of Japan to seek bankruptcy protection. Both automakers have urged some drivers of older vehicles not to drive them until the inflators are replaced.

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