Toyota and Honda have issued a recall for over 1 million additional vehicles in the U.S. to replace defective and potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by an exploding airbag, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
Update: Exploding ARC Airbag Injures Driver as Questions Loom re. Investigation into Faulty Inflators
February 21, 2019 – More than 4 years after the NHTSA committed to an investigation into why exploding airbag inflators made by ARC Automotive of Tennessee were causing severe injuries and even deaths, new casualties are being reported with little to no progress by government investigators. The most recent injury linked to an exploding ARC inflator occurred in a General Motors vehicle. As a result of the incident, the automaker announced it would recall 1,145 Chevrolet Malibu sedans from model years 2010 and 2011.
What’s the Problem?
January 10, 2018 – About 601,300 Toyota and Lexus vehicles, and 465,000 Honda and Acura vehicles are part of the expanded recall, according to the Los Angeles Times. NHTSA said over the weekend that this latest roll-out involves a total of 3.3 million vehicles.
The problem with the inflators is that when a crash occurs, the airbags inflate with the help of canisters that contain explosive propellants.
Takata airbags use a volatile chemical called ammonium nitrate, which has been found to degrade after long-term exposure to high temperatures and humidity.
Degraded ammonium nitrate can cause inflators to pressurize without warning and explode when airbags deploy, sending liquid hot magma flying.
Vehicles affected by the new recall include:
- Scion xB (2009, 2010 and 2013 model years)
- Toyota Corolla (2009, 2010 and 2013)
- Toyota Corolla Matrix (2009, 2010 and 2013)
- Toyota Yaris (2009 and 2010)
- Toyota 4Runner (2010 and 2013)
- Toyota Sienna (2013)
- Lexus IS250/350 (2009, 2010 and 2013)
- Lexus IS250C/350C (2010 and 2013)
- Lexus IS-F (2009, 2010 and 2013)
- Lexus ES350 (2009 and 2010)
- Lexus GX460 (2010 and 2013)
The Honda vehicles involved in the recall are:
- Acura RL (2009-2012 model years)
- Acura TSX (2009-2013)
- Acura TSX Wagon (2011-2013)
- Acura ZDX (2010-2013)
- Honda Accord (2009-2012)
- Honda Crosstour (2010-2013)’
- Honda Civic (2009-2011)
- Honda CR-V (2009-2011)
- Honda Element (2009-2011)
- Honda FCX Clarity (2013)
- Honda Fit (2009-2013)
- Honda Fit EV (2013)
- Honda Insight (2010-2013)
- Honda Pilot (2009-2013)
- Honda Ridgeline (2009-2013)
Toyota said all known owners of recalled vehicles will be notified by mail by early March. Owners should take their vehicles to Toyota or Lexus dealers to replace either the front passenger airbag inflator or the front passenger airbag assembly free of charge, the automaker said.
Do I Have a Toyota Recall Lawsuit?
The Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Toyota recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
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