Toyota boosts Takata recall by 1.37 million vehicles

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will expand its passenger-side Takata air bag recall by 1.37 million vehicles.

Added to the recall are the 2003-07 Corolla and Corolla Matrix; 2005-06 Tundra; 2005-07 Sequoia; and 2003-07 Lexus SC430. This brings the total number of Toyota and Lexus vehicles covered by Takata recalls in the U.S. to 2.92 million.

Takata declared all passenger-side inflators defective, but told Congress and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it only planned to replace inflators in high-humidity areas.

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind told Congress he expected Takata would have to replace all of the inflators — and not conduct a regional campaign.

“Toyota’s focus remains on the safety and security of our customers, and we will continue to respond promptly to new developments so we can resolve issues for them as quickly, conveniently and safely as possible,” said Dino Triantafyllos, chief quality officer, Toyota Motor North America.

The announcement comes after Honda Motor Co. said Monday it will expand by 1.39 million cars a nationwide recall of vehicles with potentially defective passenger Takata air bags. That new recall covers 2001-05 Civics and 2003-07 Accords.

They are the latest expansion of the largest-ever single auto recall. NHTSA estimates 11 automakers will call back 33.8 million vehicles.