Last April, Toyota was involved in a worldwide recall of over 3 million vehicles with defective airbag inflators from parts supplier Takata. The inflators have been rupturing and sending hot shrapnel all over the cabin, resulting in severe burns and cuts for owners.
All affected cars were recalled and their inflator serial numbers were checked against a list of defective parts provided by the supplier. If the number was on the list, the inflator was replaced and it seemed like we could all get back to enjoying our summer.
Well, put the lemonade down folks – Takata revealed it kept inadequate quality-control records and provided an incomplete list of defective parts. That means, if your vehicle was recalled last year but did not receive a replacement part, you’re going to need to bring it back in to be checked against the new – and hopefully complete – list.
The vehicles affected by this include certain:
- 2003-2005 Toyota Corolla
- 2003-2005 Toyota Matrix
- 2003-2005 Toyota Tundra
- 2002-2005 Toyota Sequoia
- 2002-2005 Lexus SC 430
Affected owners should watch for official notification from Toyota, or call them at 800-331-4331. Lexus owners with questions can call 800-255-3987.
Other brands, like Honda, Mazda and Nissan, also used the defective inflators but no word yet on if they’re expanding their recalls.