Toyota is recalling around 70,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in North America, to replace air bag inflators that could have deteriorated.
The recalled car models include the 2003 to 2005 Corolla, the 2002 to 2005 Sequoia, the 2003 to 2005 Tundra and the 2002 to 2005 Lexus SC. About 65,000 of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S.
While Takata uses ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion and inflate the airbags, it can degenerate and burn too quickly – something that could eventually blow a metal canister apart. As part of the latest recall, Toyota wants to reportedly use inflators made by a different company with a safer chemical. Users will be notified of the recall and replacement in 2019.
This is not the first time that the Japanese automaker has had to recall vehicles. In November, it recalled more than one million vehicles globally, owing to faulty airbags. In October, Toyota announced the global recall of around 188,000 pickup trucks, sports utility vehicles and cars.