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Is your vehicle affected by the 2019 airbag recall?

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By the end of 2019, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration predicts that 70 million vehicles could be affected by the latest Takata airbag recall. In one month alone, 1.7 million vehicles were recalled. Could yours be one of them?

Takata supplied airbags for multiple manufacturers including Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mazda, General Motors, BMW and Ford. Dealerships will provide replacements for defective parts free of charge.

Has my vehicle been recalled?

In January 2019, Toyota added the following models to their recall:

  • Toyota 4Runner SUV 2010-2016
  • Toyota Corolla sedans 2010-2013
  • Toyota Corolla Matrix hatchback 2010-2013
  • Toyota Sienna minivan 2011-2014
  • Toyota Lexus Luxury ES 350 sedan 2010-2012
  • Toyota Lexus Luxury GX 460 SUV 2010-2017
  • Toyota Lexus Luxury IS 250C, IS 350C convertible 2010-2015
  • Toyota Lexus Luxury IS 250, IS 350 sedans 2010-2013
  • Toyota Lexus IS-F sedans 2010-2014
  • Toyota Scion XB compacts 2010-2015

What does this defect cause?

The defect is linked to the use of an unstable chemical that was used to inflate the airbags. This instability could lead to unexpected deployment of the airbags, along with metal and plastic shrapnel. About 20 deaths worldwide are linked to the defective product, but millions of drivers could still be at risk.

Takata was a global Tokyo-based manufacturer of airbags and other vehicle safety features. The company went out of business in 2017 after U.S. authorities exposed the airbag defect in 2014. Key Safety Systems bought the Takata company and has renamed it Joyson Safety Systems.

People who have been injured by these defects -- and families of those who were killed -- are entitled to compensation for their losses.

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