It’s a PR crisis that’s showing auto brands no mercy.
On Wednesday, Toyota announced that it’s expanding its Takata air bag recall by roughly 331,000 vehicles. Reuters reported that the expansion brings the total amount of
affected vehicles to 3.15 million in the United States and more than 15.31 million globally.
The recall extends to the 2008 Toyota Corolla and the 2008-10 Lexus SC430.
This is obviously bad news for Toyota, which has already had to recall more than 15 million vehicles worldwide because of the defective air bags, which can
inflate with too much force. The recall is purportedly linked to 10 deaths worldwide—nine of which were in the United States—and hundreds of injuries, The Consumerist reported.
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“All known owners of the affected Toyota / Lexus vehicles will be notified by first class mail,” Toyota said in a press release. “Dealers will replace the airbag inflator or the airbag
assembly with a newly manufactured one at no cost.”
Toyota isn’t alone in the Takata recall. In February, Honda added 2.23 million vehicles to its recall.
Mercedes Benz and GM added hundreds of thousands of vehicles
to their recalls.
So far, more than 25 million vehicles have been recalled from 14 automakers.