Toyota recalling 247000 vehicles in US due to risk of airbag rupture – CNBC
“At this point, the issue appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity,” NHTSA said in a statement on Monday. “However, we are leaving no stone unturned in our aggressive pursuit to track down the full geographic scope of this issue.”
Toyota recovered replaced air bag inflators from areas of South Florida and Takata evaluated them starting in August, according to the NHTSA documents. On Oct. 10, Takata informed Toyota that a number of the inflators performed “improperly” during testing. Five days later, after reviewing the data with NHTSA, Toyota decided on the recall.
Over the last six years, Takata has recalled about 16 million vehicles globally for defective air bags, including the regional recalls.
The Toyota vehicles affected by Monday’s recall are from model years 2002 through 2005, according to the NHTSA documents. They include the Lexus SC coupe, Toyota Corolla small car, Corolla Matrix small car, Sequoia SUV and Tundra full-size pickup. Also part of the recall are General Motors’ Pontiac Vibe, which was built by Toyota.
The vehicles being recalled are registered or originally sold in areas of South Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa, according to the NHTSA documents.