Toyota Motors outlined a plan to fix airbags made by supplier Takata Corp. that could project metal fragments in 844,277 previously recalled U.S. cars and trucks, including the 2003 and 2004 Corolla sedans.
The company’s announcement included one GM model — Pontiac Vibe from 2003 to 2004 — that was produced at a Toyota factory under an agreement with the U.S. automaker. Other Toyota models include the Matrix hatchback and Tundra pickup truck from the same years, and the Sequoia SUV and Lexus SC from model years 2002 to 2004.
Toyota said June 11 it would recall 2.27 million vehicles worldwide to fix the defect, including 650,000 in Japan. It’s an expansion of an action that began last year because most cars recalled weren’t repaired properly.
Affected cars and trucks have a defective airbag inflator made by Takata that uses excessive pressure and can rupture when activated, sending flying particles that could seriously injure people.
Government scrutiny of potential safety flaws is on the rise across the auto industry as General Motors Co. faces investigations for delaying a recall of almost 2.6 million cars for faulty ignition switches. Toyota has recalled as many as 10.1 million autos worldwide this year, while GM has called back almost 14 million in the U.S. alone.
If you have these affected vehicles, call your dealer to set up an appointment for repair.