In order to comply with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Toyota is voluntarily recalling approximately 65,000 Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles – and the manufacturer is doing it a year ahead of the NHTSA’s schedule.
The recall comes because of a dangerous automotive defect, which involves the notoriously dangerous Takata airbag infiltrators. These infiltrators are prone to exploding and can expel pieces of shrapnel at drivers and passengers alike, causing serious injuries as well as catastrophic and fatal roadway accidents.
Tens of thousands of the following Toyota and Lexus-brand car models are included in the company’s recall:
Toyota says it has started notifying owners affected by the recall already. However, if you own any of the above models we recommend consulting with the dealer directly.
This latest recall is part of the much larger Takata airbag recall that our firm has written about in the past. Because of various chemicals that Takata uses when manufacturing airbags – such as ammonium nitrate – its airbag infiltrators are more likely to deteriorate and to cause explosions behind the wheel.
Already millions of vehicles equipped with Takata airbags have been pulled from the market. Takata representatives say that the company is using safer chemicals on its current production line, but recent recalls indicate that there are still numerous safety errors that put consumers at risk. The latest recall involving Takata airbags is for more than 1.1 million Honda and Acura brand vehicles. To learn more about the Honda recall, please visit: https://hondaairbaginfo.com/.
For customers who own recalled Sequoia, Corolla, Lexus SC, and Tundra vehicles the company is offering replacement parts and repair. Toyota decided to conduct the recall a year ahead of schedule in order to limit preventable injuries and deaths associated with the defective airbags. For recalled models, Toyota is offering fast service and loaner cars – and all at no charge to their customers. To learn more, visit Toyota’s Takata airbag recall website by visiting: https://www.toyota.com/recall/takata.
If you have any additional questions or concerns about the Toyota and Lexus recall, or any recalls involving Takata airbags, please contact a representative at our firm directly.
Were you injured in a recalled Toyota or Lexus? Please contact our Philadelphia product liability lawyers at Galfand Berger. With offices located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To schedule a consultation, call us at 800-222-8792 or complete our online contact form.