Toyota Recalls 1.7 Million Vehicles Over Defective Air Bag Inflators

January 10, 2019 Updated: January 10, 2019

Toyota said it is recalling 1.7 million vehicles around the world as part of an ongoing recall involving a problem with Takata front passenger airbag inflators.

The Takata airbag recall has impacted most car manufacturers around the world. They were made with ammonium nitrate and are prone to exploding upon deployment, which can send flaming shrapnel at passengers—a potentially deadly situation.

At least 23 people around the world have been killed and hundreds of more people have been injured, CBS News reported on Jan. 9.

The recall includes Toyota models such as the 2010 to 2016 4Runner, the 2010 to 2013 Corolla and Matrix, and the 2011 to 2014 Sienna.

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Some Lexus models have been impacted (Courtesy of Lexus)

The recall also covers the 2010 to 2012 ES 350, the 2010 to 2017 GX 460, the 2010 to 2015 IS 250C and 350C, the 2010 to 2013 IS 250 as well as the 350, and the 2010 to 2014 IS-F. It also includes the 2010 to 2015 Scion XB.

A week ago, Ford Motor Co stated that it was recalling 953,000 vehicles worldwide for Takata inflators. And prior to that, 37 million U.S. vehicles with 50 million inflators were recalled, Reuters reported.

More than 290 injuries worldwide have been linked to Takata inflators that could explode, spraying metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks. In total, 19 automakers are recalling more than 100 million potentially faulty inflators worldwide.

To date, 21 deaths have been reported in Honda Motor Co. vehicles and two in Ford vehicles. Both automakers have urged some drivers of older vehicles not to drive them until the inflators are replaced.

Takata was forced to file for bankruptcy protection in June 2017 before the firm was acquired by Key Safety Systems in April 2018.

Car manufacturers in the United States repaired more than 7.2 million defective Takata airbag inflators in 2018 as companies ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement, according to a report released last month, according to Reuters.

Here is the full list of cars in the recall:

4Runner (2010 through 2016)

Corolla (2010 through 2013)

Matrix (2010 through 2013)

Sienna (2011 through 2014)

Impacted Lexus models include:

ES 350 (2010 through 2012)

GX 460 (2010 through 2017)

IS 250C (2010 through 2015)

IS 350C (2010 through 2015)

IS 250 (2010 through 2013)

IS 350 (2010 through 2013)

IS-F (2010 through 2014)

The Scion XB (2010 through 2015) is also being recalled.

Other automakers are scheduled to replace 10 million Takata airbags beginning this month.

Ford and Honda have already announced Takata airbag recalls.

People can check to see if their vehicles were recalled by going to or and putting in their license plate or vehicle identification numbers.

Reuters contributed to this report.