543K more Toyota cars recalled for air bags


Courtesy of Toyota

The 2012 Toyota Sienna was one of many cars recently recalled for air bag problems due to Takata parts. Photo courtesy of Toyota

Toyota has announced a recall of about 543,000 additional Toyota, Scion and Lexus car models in the U.S. as part of the Takata air bag recall, which is the result of new information provided by Takata to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (or NHTSA).

The cars affected include:

  • 2008-2009 and 2012 Scion xB
  • 2009 and 2012 Toyota Corolla
  • 2009 and 2012 Toyota Corolla Matrix
  • 2007-2009 and 2012 Toyota Yaris
  • 2012 Toyota 4Runner
  • 2012 Toyota Sienna
  • 2006-2009 and 2012 Lexus IS250/350
  • 2012 Lexus IS250C/350C
  • 2008-2009 and 2012 Lexus IS-F
  • 2007-2009 and 2012 Lexus ES350
  • 2012 Lexus GX460
  • 2012 Lexus LFA

Like other cars involved in the Takata air bag recall, the affected autos have a specific type of Takata front passenger air bag inflator, which contains propellant that can degrade after extended exposure to high humidity, high temperatures and high temperature cycling. This can ultimately result in the inflator rupturing when the air bag deploys, potentially injuring or killing occupants.

Owners of affected cars will receive notices by mail beginning next month with instructions on how to get the affected part repaired for free at a dealer. To see if your car has been affected sooner, enter the car’s VIN (located on the driver’s side of the dashboard) into NHTSA’s VIN Lookup Tool to check for any recalls.

Here’s how to learn about recalls sooner, and never face the risk of throwing a recall notice away by mistake.

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Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.