Over the last few years, Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles because of defective Takata airbags. As of March 2018, the recall covers approximately 4.5 million airbags in 17 Toyota, Scion, and Lexus models. These recalls are a part of the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.
This page details the specifics of the recall and what you should do if your vehicle is affected.
Toyota, Lexus, and Scion Models Affected by the Takata Airbag Recall
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall covers the following 17 makes and models manufactured by Toyota:
· 2007-2012 Lexus ES350
· 2008-2015 Scion XB
· 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
· 2010-2017 Lexus GX460
· 2003-2013 Toyota Corolla
· 2006-2013 Lexus IS250/350
· 2003-2013 Toyota Corolla Matrix
· 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C/350C
· 2004-2005 Toyota Rav4
· 2008-2014 Lexus IS F
· 2002-2007 Toyota Sequoia
· 2012 Lexus
· 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna
· 2002-2010 Lexus SC430
· 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
· 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris Hatchback
· 2007-2012 Toyota Yaris Sedan
Note: Check to see if there is an open recall on your vehicle by using our Takata airbag recall search.
Act Immediately If You Have an Open Recall
It is important to take action to have your defective airbags replaced as soon as possible if you learn you have a recall. These airbags can be extremely dangerous if they deploy in an accident. The defect is in the chemical compound used to inflate the airbag, which can degrade and cause the entire inflator capsule to shatter when deployed. If the inflator fractures, shards of metal can fly out of the airbag at high speeds.
As of March 2018, more than 20 people have died and hundreds more suffered injuries because of these airbags. The Takata recalls affect 37 million cars and cover 50 million defective airbags. By the end of 2019, this will likely expand to cover between 65 and 70 million airbags, according to the NHTSA.
If you still have a car with an open recall, contact your local Toyota dealership for a free repair or replacement.
According to the Toyota site, the only vehicle with an affected driver-side airbag is the RAV4. The 16 other makes and models only contain potentially defective passenger-side airbags (again, according to the Toyota site). The automaker suggests having passengers ride in the backseat until replacement is complete.
If your vehicle is part of an open recall, you should call your local dealership to determine whether parts are available to replace your defective airbag.
Toyota Recall and Repair Rates
As of March 2018, a little more than half of the 4.49 million defective airbags have been replaced, according to the NHTSA. With 2.65 million replaced, approximately 1.85 million defective, potentially deadly airbags are still out there.
This means many more continue to drive with defective airbags. We expect to see additional accidents, more deployments of defective airbags, and more people suffering devastating injuries from these airbags. The death toll may increase.
Holding Toyota Responsible for Your Damages
If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of metal shrapnel from a Takata airbag, we may be able to hold Toyota and Takata liable. If we determine your injuries stemmed from a defective Takata airbag, we can handle all aspects of fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Toyota Airbag Recall Lawsuit Lawyer About Your Accident
The Toyota airbag recall lawsuit lawyers from Newsome Melton are currently accepting cases against Toyota and Takata. If you or a family member was seriously or fatally injured after your defective airbag deployed, you may have a valid case against the automaker and the parts manufacturer. We will evaluate your case for free and handle it on a contingency basis. This means you do not pay us unless you recover compensation for your losses.
Call us today for your free, no-obligation consultation: 888-808-5977.