Toyota Expands Takata Airbag Recall to Include RAV4, Sequoia, and Tundra
The vast recalls surrounding the Takata-supplied airbags have now grown to include even more of the popular Toyota models, including the RAV4 crossovers, Tundra pickup trucks, and Sequoia SUVs. The recall stems from issues found with the airbags’ inflators rupturing during deployment, potentially throwing dangerous debris at the occupants during a crash.
Toyota lists an additional 160,000 RAV4 crossovers from 2004 and 2005 that are under the recall, along with another 177,000 Tundras from 2003 and 2004, and Sequoias from 2004.
Also included in the airbag recall are several other Toyota models, including cars, for issues with their airbag inflators rupturing due to their exposure to high-humidity environments. Vehicles in coastal areas such as Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and Hawaii are most vulnerable.
Toyota will be contacting the known owners of the effected vehicles with instructions to bring them in for complementary replacement of the airbag inflator.
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Why it Matters
Toyota isn’t the only automaker with Takata airbag issues, but it’s certainly been on of the most effected. These issues have led to several reports of at least six deaths resulting from flying debris during airbag deployment. Initially kicked off in 2013, the recall has spread to cover more than 33 million vehicles over at least six automakers.