Toyota on Thursday expanded its Takata airbag recall to include an additional 198,000 cars. The news follows massive recalls of cars equipped with Takata-brand airbags that began last year and continued into 2016, with GM most recently recalling 200,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada.
Toyota’s latest recall affects the 2008 Corolla and 2008 Corolla Matrix, in addition to Lexus SC 430 cars sold between 2008 and 2010. “The involved vehicles are equipped with a Takata-produced dual-stage front passenger airbag inflator which could potentially be susceptible to rupture when deployed in a crash,” Toyota said.
The tone of the recall varies from GM’s letter last month, in which the company said consumers should be OK to drive the cars as normal.
“All known owners of the affected Toyota / Lexus vehicles will be notified by first class mail,” Toyota said. “Dealers will replace the airbag inflator or the airbag with a newly manufactured one at no cost.” We hope that means there won’t be too much of a headache for drivers, who should certainly replace the airbags as soon as possible to avoid injury.
We’ve included Toyota’s full recall notice in the source.