Toyota is warning 50,000 US vehicle owners to stop driving and get an immediate fix

Toyota Motor said Monday it is urging owners of 50,000 older U.S. vehicles to call for repairs immediately because an airbag inflator could explode, potentially killing motorists.

The Japanese automaker said the “Do Not Drive” advisory applies to model year 2003-2004 Corolla, 2003-2004 Corolla Matrix and 2004-2005 RAV4 models with Takata air bags.

More than 30 deaths worldwide, including 26 in the U.S., and hundreds of injuries in vehicles from various automakers since 2009 have been linked to Takata airbag inflators, which can explode and release metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks.

Over the past decade, more than 67 million Takata airbag inflators by more than 20 automakers and more than 100 million inflators worldwide have been recalled in the United States, the largest recall in automotive safety history.

Toyota (NYSE:TM) said the RAV4 recall involves the driver’s airbag, while the other recalls only involve the front passenger’s airbag. For some Corolla and Corolla Matrix models, some vehicles are involved in a second recall process that can cause the airbag to deploy even without a crash.

Other automakers have previously issued “Do Not Drive” warnings for vehicles with older Takata air bags after fatal crashes. Toyota declined to answer if the “Do Not Drive” warning was triggered by a serious injury or fatality involving one of the vehicles.

The National Road Safety Authority did not immediately comment.

In July, Chrysler parent Stellantis warned 29,000 owners of 2003 Dodge Ram pickup trucks to stop driving immediately pending repairs after one person was killed when a Takata air bag exploded.

In November 2022, Stellantis urged owners of an additional 276,000 older American vehicles to stop driving immediately after three additional accident deaths related to defective Takata air bags were reported that year.

Honda Motor issued a “Do Not Drive” warning for 8,200 Acura and Honda vehicles in February 2023 following the death of the driver of a 2002 Accord in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as a result of a defective Takata airbag inflator. Honda reported 17 deaths in the US and more than 200 injuries in the United States related to the burst Takata inflator.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Enable Notifications OK No thanks