Toyota recalls more Takata airbag inflators – 1.3 million vehicles involved

Plano, Texas, Jan. 9, 2019 – Toyota has announced a planned expansion of recalls affecting vehicles with Takata air bag inflators that may rupture, hurling potentially deadly shrapnel at vehicle occupants. This recall has already involved millions of cars and trucks worldwide, across a broad spectrum of manufacturers and brands.

This new round of affected vehicles includes both Toyota and Lexus models. The latest recall involves the following cars and trucks:

  • 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
  • 2010-2013 Toyota Corolla
  • 2010-2013 Toyota Matrix
  • 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna
  • 2010-2015 Scion XB
  • 2010-2012 Lexus ES 350
  • 2010-2017 Lexus GX 460
  • 2010-2015 Lexus IS 250C
  • 2010-2015 Lexus IS 350C
  • 2010-2013 Lexus IS 250
  • 2010-2013 Lexus IS 350
  • 2010-2014 Lexus IS-F

The Defect

The problem with the Takata inflators is one of the most serious defects to be revealed in recent years. When the propellants used in the parts degrade in high heat, humidity and temperature cycling, activation may result in a rupture in the air bag inflator. Ruptured air bags can throw sharp metal fragments at the occupants of vehicles, injuring or even killing them.

The danger from these potentially deadly air bags increases over time, which is why the Takata recall began with earlier cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has been coordinating the cycles of recalls. In total, the department is targeting 37 million vehicles. The most dangerous type of Takata air bag, designated “alpha,” is found in vehicles older than those recently recalled by Toyota – owners of those cars were notified during the beginning of the recall.

Timeline of Events

The waves of the Takata recall have been ongoing since 2015. Unlike other recalls that are determined based on laboratory testing or safety inspections, the air bag inflator fault was discovered after several deadly accidents involving the compromised parts. The recall began with the vehicles most likely to contain high-risk inflators, with waves of new announcements following every few months.

According to Toyota, owners of the mentioned in the latest stage of the recall will receive letters in late January alerting them to the need to receive service for their vehicles.

The Solution

As with other stages of the Takata recall, the solution for the current round of air bag repairs involves replacing either the inflator or the whole airbag assembly, depending on the model of car in question. The modification will be carried out by Toyota and Lexus dealerships and repair work will be offered at no charge to drivers.

The automaker noted that it has been working on outreach efforts to ensure as many motorists as possible realize they need to have their vehicles repaired. Through practices such as holding events and working with third-party organizations, Toyota and the other carmakers using Takata air bag inflators have been publicizing the recall for the past few years.

Is your vehicle part of the recall?

Nearly 1.3 million vehicles were originally part of this recall. As of April 9, 2021, – the last date for which information was available – 1,060,060 airbags had been replaced. To see if your car still needs to be repaired, use MotorSafety’s free lookup tool.

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More Takata Airbags Recalled

Fords (NYSE:F) has recalled nearly 800,000 vehicles equipped with Takata airbags that may explode, shooting shrapnel at vehicle occupants. The recall includes the following models:

  • 2010 Ford Edge
  • 2010 Lincoln MKX
  • 2010-2011 Ford Ranger
  • 2010-2012 Ford Fusion
  • 2010-2012 Lincoln MKZ,
  • 2010-2011 Mercury Milan
  • 2010 -2014 Ford Mustang

Millions of makes and models have been recalled for dangerous Takata airbags. Check all your cars here for Takata airbag recalls and other possible recalls.

The repair

Recall repairs are FREE. Some dealers can help make repairs more convenient. Ask for a loaner, mobile repair or what else they can do to make it easier to repair your car right away.

Even if your car’s recalled airbag has been repaired, you could be subject to newer airbag recalls.

Is your vehicle part of the recall?

Over 800,000 vehicles were originally part of this recall. As of April 9, 2021, – the last date for which information was available – 583,909 airbags had been replaced. To see if your car still needs to be repaired, use MotorSafety’s free lookup tool.

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Ford recalls over 953,000 vehicles to replace inflators

Ford recalls over 953,000 vehicles to replace inflators

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel.

The move includes over 782,000 vehicles in the U.S. and is part of the largest series of recalls in U.S. history.

Included are the 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, the 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang…Read more on

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Ford recalls 2019 EcoSport


Dearborn, Mich., January 4, 2019 – Ford Motor Company recently issued a recall for some 2019 EcoSport Vehicles. According to a Ford press release, some of the vehicles from this model year possess a weak weld holding the front seats in place.

This recall is relatively small in scale, affecting fewer than 100 of the crossovers throughout North America. With approximately 87 EcoSport vehicles affected in total, 63 are located in the U.S. and its federalized territories, while 13 are in Canada. The recall’s internal Ford reference number is 18C08.

The Defect

The weld between two parts of these vehicles’ front seats, the A-bracket and the side member, has been declared too weak in the affected crossovers. An insufficient seat weld may increase the risk of motorists being injured or killed in a collision. The Ford vehicles are thus in violation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 207 and 210, which pertain to the strength of seat backs.

Timeline of Events

As the vehicles affected by the recent recall are from a recent model year, the discovery of the defect and the recall process have played out over a short period of time. Ford announced the recall in early January, along with a separate recall regarding the ongoing process of taking potentially dangerous Takata airbag inflators off the market.

Ford did not indicate how the company realized its 2019 EcoSport crossovers were in violation of FMVSS regulations, or whether the report came from the NHTSA or internal inspections. It did note that thus far no accidents or injuries related to the defect have been reported to Ford.

The Solution

Owners of affected vehicles should go to their Ford dealers to receive repairs. Though the problem with the vehicles is associated with a single weld, the entire front seats of the EcoSport crossovers are compromised. Instead of making a smaller change, the dealers are ordered to replace the front seats of affected cars completely to bring them back into compliance with FMVSS.

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Ford expands Takata airbag inflator recall

Dearborn, MI, January 4, 2019 – Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) recently increased the scope of its recall of vehicles including airbag inflator components provided by Takata, according to a company press release. Airbags containing Takata parts have been associated with several other waves of recalls over the past few years, encompassing multiple automakers.

The latest extension of the Ford recall is approximately 782,384-strong and targets the following models:

  • 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX
  • 2010-2011 Ford Ranger
  • 2010-2012 Ford Fusion
  • 2010-2012 Ford Fusion, 2010-2012 Lincoln MKZ
  • 2010-2011 Mercury Milan
  • 2010-2014 Ford Mustang

Recall summary

Airbag inflators manufactured by Takata may be defective, which could make the airbag’s components explode instead of deploying properly in the event of a collision. The current wave of the Ford recall centers around the aforementioned vehicles’ front passenger-side airbags. Since Takata provided so many components to such a wide variety of auto manufacturers, the recall has taken place in multiple phases,  targeting various components of vehicles made by multiple manufacturers.

A crash in which an airbag explosion occurred could cause serious injury or death to motorists, adding urgency to the multi-stage recall. Ford did note in its press release that there haven’t yet been any injuries or deaths directly linked to the kinds of passenger-side inflators included in this round of the recall expansion.

The latest expansion of the Takata recall is part of a rolling schedule implemented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency noted that since the recall includes “tens of millions” of vehicles, beginning with the riskiest types of cars, mostly vehicles produced in 2006 and earlier. The order of the recall is based on both year of manufacture and the relative heat and humidity of regions – hot, humid conditions exacerbate the problems with airbags and increase risk. The entire schedule began in November 2015, according to the NHTSA, and is intended to conclude at the end of 2019.

The vehicles included in the latest Ford recall were manufactured between 2008 and 2012. The potential fault in these airbags has been known since the early days of the overall Takata recall, but due to the logistical need to handle the repairs in waves, they are only being serviced now.

The repair

Owners of affected Ford vehicles – or any other cars involved in the Takata recall thus far – should go to a local dealership, where the frontal passenger-side airbag inflator or airbag module will be replaced, with the manufacturer paying for the repairs. The reference number assigned to this latest recall by Ford is 19S01.

Is your vehicle part of the recall?

Over 782,000 vehicles were originally part of this recall. As of April 9, 2021 – the last date information was available – 583,909 airbags had been replaced. To see if your car still needs to be repaired, use MotorSafety’s free lookup tool.

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