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Toyota warns 50,000 vehicle owners to stop driving, get immediate repairs

Toyota Motor Corporation announced Monday that it is calling on owners of 50,000 older U.S. cars to immediately recall and repair the vehicles because their airbag inflators could explode, potentially killing drivers.

According to the Japanese automaker, the “no-driving advisory” applies to all 2003-2004 Corolla models, 2003-2004 Corolla Matrix models, and 2004-2005 RAV4 models equipped with Takata airbag inflators. It is said that it is aimed at the department.

Since 2009, more than 30 people have died worldwide (including 26 in the United States) and hundreds have been injured in vehicles from various automakers due to potentially explosive Takata airbag inflators. associated with the potential for metal debris to fly into the interior of your car or truck.

Over the past decade, more than 67 million Takata airbag inflators have been recalled by more than 20 automakers in the U.S. and more than 100 million inflators worldwide, in the largest auto safety callback in history. There is.

Toyota says the RAV4 recall includes the driver airbag, while other recalls only include the passenger airbag.

Some Corolla and Corolla Matrix models are also subject to a secondary recall that can cause airbags to deploy even without a collision.

Other automakers have previously issued “do not drive” warnings for vehicles equipped with older Takata airbag inflators after fatal crashes.


Toyota Motor Corp 7203.T said on Monday that it is calling on owners of 50,000 older cars to immediately carry out recalled repairs because airbag inflators could explode, potentially killing drivers. AP

Toyota declined to say whether the “do not drive” warning was caused by an accident involving serious injury or death involving one of its vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had no immediate comment.

In July, Chrysler’s parent company Stellantis issued a statement to 29,000 owners of 2003 Dodge Ram pickup trucks pending repairs after a Takata airbag inflator exploded, killing one person. He warned them to stop driving immediately.


More than 30 people have been killed and hundreds injured worldwide since 2009 in vehicles from various automakers related to potentially explosive Takata airbag inflators, according to a report. It is said that there is.
More than 30 people have been killed and hundreds injured worldwide since 2009 in vehicles from various automakers related to potentially explosive Takata airbag inflators, according to a report. It is said that there is.
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In November 2022, Stellantis announced that it would notify owners of 276,000 other older U.S. cars after three other fatal crashes related to defective Takata airbag inflators were reported that year. They urged people to stop driving immediately.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. opens a new tab in February 2023 after a 2002 Accord driver died in Bowling Green, Kentucky due to a defective Takata airbag inflator. A “no driving” warning was issued.

Honda reported that 17 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the United States in connection with a ruptured Takata inflator.

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