On Oct. 20, 2014, Toyota announced that more than 250,000 Toyota vehicles would be recalled from model years 2001 to 2004 for airbag-related defects in the Takata Airbag Inflators.
Bulk airbag supplier Takata has been at the center of millions of airbag related recalls in 2014. The recent announcement from Toyota is an expansion of the Takata airbag recall announced by the company earlier in the year.
The Japanese auto manufacturer is so concerned about the dangers posed by the airbags that the Toyota press release includes instructions to leave the passenger seat unoccupied until the airbag has been replaced.
Toyota consumers are being urged to bring their model 2001 to 2004 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus SC vehicles to dealerships for new improved airbag installations. If new airbags are unavailable, Toyota has instructed dealers to disable the airbag function in the affected vehicles.
If the airbags with defective inflators explode they have the potential to cause untold damage as the shrapnel can pierce the face, neck and torso of the passengers involved in the accident.
If the airbags cannot be replaced dealers have been instructed to put a sign on the glove compartment informing drivers and passengers to leave the passenger seats empty.
Since June 2014, the worlds largest auto manufacturers have recalled a collective 4.5 million vehicles due to the Takata airbag defect.
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