Toyota warns owners of older models to stop driving until air bags are replaced

Toyota is encouraging owners of older Corolla and RAV4 models to stop driving them due to airbag issues.

The automaker issued a warning that Takata’s airbag inflators could explode and scatter debris.focus on upon Some 2003 and 2004 Corolla and Corolla Matrix models, and 2004 and 2005 RAV4s.

“When the airbag deploys, the internal components are likely to explode and eject sharp metal fragments, potentially causing serious injury or death to the driver and passengers,” Toyota said in a statement.

“Owners should not drive these vehicles until a free safety recall repair is performed. Toyota urges owners to contact their local dealer instead of driving their vehicle for repairs. We are calling on you,” the statement continued.

Volatile ammonium nitrate is Already used Takata products are used to inflate the airbags, but they can degrade over time due to temperature and humidity, according to the Associated Press. An explosion with great force can then occur, damaging the metal container and spreading debris.

Owners can access: Find out if your car is affected by entering your 17-digit vehicle identification number.

The Associated Press contributed.

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