Canadian drivers, watch out! Toyota recalled 1.7 million cars over dangerous and deadly safety flaw in Canada and the U.S. and you will want to make sure your car is not affected. The car company is recalling certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles that are equipped with Takata Front Passenger Airbag Inflators, as well as a Toyota model equipped with a Takata Driver's Airbag Inflator, according to their announcement that was released today.
Toyota is recalling a total of 1.7 million vehicles across North America in order to replace a potentially deadly defect, the Takata front passenger airbag inflators, according to CTV News. This is reportedly one of the biggest vehicle recalls in U.S. history.
The Takata inflators in certain Toyota vehicles can end up exploding when it experiences much force and also hurl shrapnel into the people in the vehicle, according to CTV News. So far, reportedly around 23 people are known to have died worldwide and hundreds more injured.
If you do own a Toyota or Lexus vehicle, you need to make sure it's not affected by the recall. The following vehicles are now being recalled by Toyota in Canada.
Passenger Side Airbag Inflator:
- 2003-2013 Toyota Corolla
- 2003-2014 Toyota Matrix
- 2003-2006 Toyota Tundra
- 2002-2007 Toyota Sequoia
- 2002-2010 Lexus SC430
- 2006-2011 Toyota Yaris Hatchback
- 2007-2012 Toyota Yaris Sedan
- 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
- 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna
- 2010-2015 Scion xB
- 2006-2013 Lexus IS250/350
- 2010-2015 Lexus IS250C/350C
- 2008-2014 Lexus IS-F
- 2007-2012 Lexus ES350
- 2012 Lexus LFA
- 2010-2017 Lexus GX460
Driver Side Airbag Inflator:
- 2004-2005 Toyota RAV4
To make sure your car is safe, you can visit Toyota Canada Inc's website and go to their Recalls webpage. There you'll be able to enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and make sure your vehicle is not affected by a recall.
If you don't know where to find your VIN, according to Toyota, your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) "is a unique 17-digit alpha-numeric identifier, specific to your automobile. It includes codes that tell us where your Toyota or Scion was made, what model it is, and more".
According to their announcement, Toyota is now preparing the fix for their recalled vehicles in January 2019. "All known owners of the involved vehicles are notified by first class mail when a remedy is available for their vehicle," wrote the company. The affected cars will either have their airbag inflator or the airbag assembly replaced.