Toyota recalls millions more vehicles over dangerous air bags

DETROIT - Toyota is recalling about 5.8 million vehicles in Japan, Europe, China and other countries to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.

The company says it knows of one person injured in a crash involving one of the vehicles, but a spokesman didn’t know where the crash happened. Toyota says it hasn’t determined if the injury was caused by a ruptured inflator.

The vehicles have inflators that can rupture and spew shrapnel. U.S. vehicles with the same inflators are already under recall.

Toyota says the recall brings to 23.1 million the total number of vehicles it has recalled worldwide to fix inflators.

Authorities say as many as 16 deaths worldwide have been linked to Takata. Seventeen automakers are recalling about 69 million inflators in the U.S. and 100 million worldwide.

Motorists can check to see if their vehicle has been recalled by going to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website and entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) here: https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/.

NHTSA has also set up a website dedicated to the Takata recalls: http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html. The site includes regular updates, recall lists and information on the status of the Takata recalls and its investigation.

In the U.S., the following Toyota models have been recalled to get their air bags fixed:

  • 2010-2011 Toyota 4Runner
  • 2003-2011 Toyota Corolla
  • 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2009-2011 Toyota Matrix
  • 2004-2005 Toyota Rav4
  • 2011 Toyota Sienna
  • 2002-2007 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
  • 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris