March 2, 2016, 9:30 PM
The massive Takata airbag recall has claimed more Toyota models, following the announcement that the company is adding another 200,000 models to service action.
The latest action actually adds on to two previous Takata-related recalls — adding more model years to previous recalled models, and to cover the remaining models in the front passenger inflator problem (as a precaution, the company adds in a release).
Approximately 198,000 models will be added to the seemingly bottomless list, covering 2008 model year Toyota Corollas and Matrixs, and Lexus SC 430 coupes from 2008-2010 model years. All of them are equipped with front passenger airbags with dual-stage inflators. Faulty inflators have been narrowed down as the root cause of the problem that could result in metal pieces being sprayed into the cabin when the airbag deploys.
As with every other recall action, the company will notify owners by mail, advising them to take their vehicles to a dealership where the faulty parts will be replaced. Information on this and past recalls is also available on Toyota.com/recalls or by calling (800) 331-4331 or (800) 255-3987, depending on whether you own a Toyota or Lexus, respectively.
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