The recall total caused by defective airbag inflators continues to rise as Toyota just recalled another 331K vehicles due to Takata airbags. The faulty inflators can rupture – and not only during impact when one would expect them to do so – with incredible force propelling shrapnel into the vehicles’ passenger cabins similar to the way a Claymore anti-personnel mine functions.
This new Toyota Takata-related recall pertains to the passenger-side airbags on the 2008 model year Corolla and Corolla Matrix. Additionally, it covers the model year 2008 – 2010 Lexus SC 430. To date, Toyota is unaware of any injuries connected to these newly-recalled models.
Toyota recalled earlier model years of those vehicles in June 2015 in a recall covering nearly 1.4M vehicles. This latest recall campaign brings Toyota’s Takata airbag-related recall total to around 15M vehicles worldwide. The total worldwide Takata airbag-related recall for 14 vehicle manufacturers is roughly 24M vehicles.
So far, the defective airbag inflators have caused ten deaths and over 100 injuries.