Starting in 2013, Toyota has recalled about 5.1 million driver and passenger airbags in the U.S. for defects that can cause the inflators to rupture, spewing metal shards into the vehicle. More than 1.5 million vehicles have not had the recall completed. The affected vehicles include:
- 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
- 2003-2013 Toyota Corolla
- 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix
- 2009-2013 Toyota Matrix
- 2004-2005 Toyota Rav4
- 2002-2006 Toyota Sequoia
- 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna
- 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
- 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris (Hatch Back)
- 2007-2012 Toyota Yaris (Sedan)
- 2007-2012 Lexus ES350
- 2010-2017 Lexus GX460
- 2006-2013 Lexus IS250/350
- 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C/350C
- 2008-2014 Lexus IS F
- 2012 Lexus LFA
- 2002-2010 Lexus SC430
- 2008-2015 Scion XB
Toyota may recall additional vehicles in January 2019 under a program that phases in vehicles based on model year and geographical location in an effort to manage the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. You can check if your vehicle is part of the recall by heading to our Takata airbag recall page and using our VIN lookup tool.
Why Are Vehicles with Takata Airbags Being Recalled?
A total of 19 automakers have recalled almost 40 million vehicles that contain Takata front driver and passenger airbags. The recalled airbags contain the chemical compound ammonium nitrate, which is used as a propellant that is housed in a metal canister in the steering wheel or behind the passenger dash. In a crash, the propellant rapidly generates gas that inflates the airbag cushion. But ammonium nitrate, used by Takata as cheap alternative to other more stable airbag chemicals, is volatile even under the best conditions. It is also highly sensitive to moisture and heat, which degrades the propellant causing it to generate too much pressure too quickly. The excessive pressure can rupture the canister, spewing metal fragments into the vehicle and occupants. Some Takata airbags, like those in Honda and Acura vehicles made between 2001 and 2003, have an additional manufacturing defect, which, lab tests show, make them more likely to fail and rupture.
See our page on what caused the Takata airbags to be defective for more information.
What Should I Do If My Toyota Vehicle Is on the Takata Recall List?
If you have received a recall notice, or if a search of our VIN lookup tool or a similar tool on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls reveals that your vehicle has been recalled, contact your local Toyota, Lexus, or Scion dealership to schedule the recall service. Only an authorized dealership or service center will be able to replace the defective airbag. The repair is free but call ahead of time to make an appointment, as the demand is high given the massive size of the recall.
In addition to replacing your airbag, Toyota reached a settlement agreement in a class action suit that could allow you to claim compensation. This could include money for a rental car, out-of-pocket expenses, and other related costs.
If you suffered injuries in a crash and you suspect a defective airbag is to blame, contact us. We can explain your options for compensation and help you navigate the legal system to pursue compensation for your damages. Call us today at 888-808-5977.