Toyota adds 361K vehicles to Takata air bag inflator recall

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling 361,000 more vehicles worldwide to replace Takata air bag inflators that could explode and hurl shrapnel.

The vehicles date to 1997 and have older inflators that are different from Takata products that use volatile ammonium nitrate to fill air bags in a crash. Those are the devices that led to numerous deaths. But the inflators in this recall can also explode with too much force and spew metal fragments that can endanger people.

The recall covers gas and electric versions of the RAV4 SUV and the Celica sports car from 1997 to 1999. Also included are the 1997 through 1998 Supra sports car.

About 139,000 vehicles in the U.S. are covered.

Toyota will notify owners by mail starting in mid-March. The company doesn't have a fix yet but will tell owners when one is ready.

Owners can call Toyota with questions at (800) 331-4331.

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, and the Celica sports car from 1997 through 1998.

PLANO, Texas (January 21, 2020) – Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain 1998-2000

Model Year Toyota RAV4, 1998-1999 Model Year RAV4 EV, 1998-1999 Model Year Celica and 1997-1998

Model Year Supra vehicles equipped with a potentially affected Takata-produced single-stage non-azide

front driver airbag inflator. Approximately 139,000 vehicles in the United States are involved in this

recall.

The subject vehicles are equipped with a front driver airbag with an inflator made by Takata. According

to information provided by Takata, the airbag may not deploy properly. This could result in abnormal

deployment of the airbag or the chance of an inflator rupture. If an abnormal deployment or inflator

rupture occurs, this could increase the risk of injury to vehicle occupants.

Toyota is currently investigating the remedy for this issue and will announce it once available. Toyota

will notify owners via first class mail by late-March.

Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is current

as of today’s filing date and is subject to change thereafter. To see if your vehicle is involved in a safety

recall visit Toyota.com/recall or nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or

license plate information.

For the most up to date information surrounding recalls visit nhtsa.gov/recalls. For any additional

questions, customer support is also available by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at

1.800.331.4331 or the Lexus Guest Experience Center at 1.800.255.3987.