If you or someone you know drives a Toyota, know that the company is recalling more cars. This is yet again from the whole Takata inflator issue, which can be deadly if not fixed.
Thanks to a defective design, the inflator canisters can break down over time. When the airbag finally deploys, the metal shears and shoots through the airbag like shrapnel, slicing into the person on the other side. Emergency crews have thought in the past that some victims were slashed with knives by someone. In other words, this isn’t a recall you should ignore or take lightly.
Over 1.5 million Toyotas are being recalled in the United States. They include the 2009 to 2011 Corolla and Matrix, 2006 to 2011 Yaris, 2010 to 2011 4Runner, 2011 Sienna, 2008 to 2011 Scion xB, 2007 to 2011 Lexus EX, 2010 to 2011 Lexus GX and 2006 to 2011 Lexus IS.
If you have one of the above vehicles, make sure Toyota has your current address. The company’s sending out recall info through the mail. For a 21st century solution, go to Toyota.com/recall and type in your car’s VIN. There, you can get details on what’s going on with replacing the Takata airbag inflators.
Hopefully dealers will be able to start fixing this new wave of recalled vehicles soon. Considering the sheer number of recalled Takata airbag inflators, the reality is it might be a while before that happens.