Toyota Recalling 1.6 Million More Cars With Defective Takata Airbags

Nov 25, 2015 05:42 PM EST | John Nassivera


Takata's defective airbags continue to cause problems for Toyota, as the Japanese automaker announced Wednesday that it is recalling 1.6 million more vehicles in the country that it previously thought were safe from the issue.

The airbags, which have been a problem for the past two years, present a danger to drivers' safety, as the ammonium nitrate propellant can destabilize and, in some cases, cause the airbags to explode and send shrapnel flying out at people inside the car, according to BBC News.

Toyota's announcement follows a month after a person driving a Nissan car was injured by its airbag, which was made by Takata and exploded, marking the first injury in Japan related to the issue, The New York Times reported. The incident led to Nissan recalling about 310,000 vehicles.

The latest recall covers 22 models sold in Japan, such as the Corolla and Vitz, made between January 2004 and December 2005.

While the new recall also includes vehicles in Italy, Britain and Spain, it doesn't include any in the U.S., Autoblog noted.

The Takata airbag problem has resulted in eight deaths and 100 injuries. Toyota has recalled almost 15 million vehicles fitted with the bags worldwide since 2013, while over 19 million vehicles with them have been recalled in the U.S.

Other problems facing Takata because of the faulty bags include Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Ford deciding to stop using the company as their airbag supplier and facing penalties of up to $200 million in a deal with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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