Both Toyota and Ford have issued new recalls related to bad airbags from Takata. These recalls are expansions of the long-running National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalls for the injurious airbags and faulty inflators.
According to Takata, a safety defect may arise in the front passenger air bag inflators in the involved vehicles due to inflator propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling. This may result in an inflator rupture when the air bag deploys.
This expansion, based on the latest information from Takata, involves approximately 601,300 additional vehicles in the U.S. The following models are included:
- 2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Scion xB
- 2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Toyota Corolla
- 2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Toyota Corolla Matrix
- 2009 – 2010 Model Year Toyota Yaris
- 2010 and 2013 Model Year Toyota 4Runner
- 2013 Model Year Toyota Sienna
- 2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus IS250/350
- 2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus IS250C/350C
- 2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus IS-F
- 2009 – 2010 Model Year Lexus ES350
- 2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus GX460
Ford Motor Company has identified approximately 3,000 2006 model year Ranger vehicles in North America with airbag inflators that pose higher risk of rupturing in the event of a crash. We take this matter very seriously and are advising owners of these specific 2006 Ford Rangers to stop driving their vehicles so dealers can make repairs immediately. Parts are available now, and dealers are prepared to get vehicles directly from customers, make permanent repairs that will resolve the safety risk and provide a free interim loaner vehicle, if necessary.
Ford is taking this action because there have been two fatalities caused by driver airbag inflator ruptures from Takata inflators built on the same day. On Dec. 22, Ford was notified of a crash in West Virginia that happened on July 1, 2017 involving a 2006 Ford Ranger built in North America with a ruptured non-desiccated Takata driver-side inflator. Ford inspected the vehicle on Dec. 27, confirmed that the inflator ruptured resulting in a driver fatality and notified NHTSA. This is the second fatality reported to Ford due to a Takata inflator rupture. The prior fatality was reported in January 2016.
Ford is saddened by these tragic losses and offers its sincere condolences to the drivers’ families.
Affected vehicles include certain 2006 Ford Rangers built at Twin Cities Assembly Plant from Aug. 10, 2005 to Dec. 15, 2005.
The recall involves approximately 2,902 vehicles located in North America, with 2,712 located in the United States and federalized territories and 190 in Canada.