Toyota recalls 1.3 million vehicles in the US

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USA authorities in 2014 exposed the Takata airbag defect, which has since resulted in a series of massive recalls concerning at least 100 million units worldwide from multiple manufacturers.

Toyota models included in the recall are the 2010 through 2016 4Runner, the 2010 through 2013 Corolla and Matrix, and the 2011 through 2014 Sienna.

It includes multiple Toyota, Scion and Lexus brands from model years 2010 through 2017, according to a news release from the company.

It's the next step in what has been one of the biggest automotive recalls in US history, reported the AP. In total, 19 automakers are recalling more than 100 million potentially faulty inflators worldwide.

The latest development in the Takata airbag recall, which affected most automakers, could see shrapnel flung across the auto when the airbag deploys in certain Toyota and Lexus cars.

The Associated Press reports that the inflators can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Takata used ammonium nitrate to generate an explosion to inflate the air bags, but excessive humidity and temperature changes can cause the chemical to deteriorate.

Owners will also be notified by mail or other means in late January. Automakers are scheduled to replace 10 million starting this month.

Ford and Honda have already announced Takata airbag recalls.

They cover 37 million vehicles and about 50 million inflators in the US.

Takata was forced to file for bankruptcy protection in June 2017 before the firm was acquired by Key Safety Systems in April 2018.

Toyota has a search tool on its website where owners can either type in their license plate number or VIN or they can select the model and year of their vehicle to search whether they're impacted by the recall.

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