It increases the number of Toyota vehicles recalled with Takata air bags worldwide to 15,314,000.
On Wednesday Toyota Motors announced they are expanding the number of vehicles involved in the Takata airbag recall. Toyota has added 331,200 more vehicles to the Takat airbag recall.
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The expansion of the recall means a total of 15,314,000 vehicles will be recalled worldwide. All of the recalled vehicles contain he defective Takata airbags parts.
Earlier on Wednesday Toyota first announced the recall will encompass 356,000 vehicles globally. A little later Toyota lowered the figures of the new recall. New recall vehicles are equipped with a Takata-made dual-stage front passenger air bag inflator.
Already in the United States an estimated 29 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled. Basically more than 19 million vehicles have been recalled due to the airbag inflator defect.
The defective inflators shoots deadly metal shards into the passenger compartment in a crash. Of the 19 million vehicles recalled in the United States, 3,156,000 belong to Toyota.
Out of the 331,200 additional vehicles, about 198,000 of the Toyota vehicles are present in the US. Including North America the number of Toyota vehicles recalled goes up to 231,000.
The freshly expanded recalled will include the 2008 Corolla and Corolla Matrix models in the US. Similarly the 2008 to 2010 model years Lexus SC 430 vehicles in the US are also newly recalled.
In Europe the new recall adds about 86,000 more vehicles to the expansion. The model years for the European Toyota vehicles were not announced yet.
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Similarly the expanded recall will add 3,000 vehicles from Japan and220 vehicles from Asia. Furthermore the NHTSA in US is looking into an additional 70 million to 90 million Takata air bag inflators. The regulators are determining if the vehicles need to be recalled.