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Toyota recalls 1.3 million more vehicles in US

Toyota Motor Corp. on Jan. 9 recalled 1.3 million more vehicles in the U.S. as part of the ongoing recall of its vehicles having faulty Takata Corp. airbag inflators.

The latest recall includes vehicles from models Toyota 2010-2016 4Runner, 2010-2013 Corolla, 2010-2013 Matrix, 2011-2014 Sienna, 2010-2015 Scion XB, 2010-2012 Lexus ES 350, 2010-2017 Lexus GX 460, 2010-2015 Lexus IS 250C, 2010-2015 Lexus IS 350C, 2010-2013 Lexus IS 250, 2010-2013 Lexus IS 350 and 2010-2014 Lexus IS-F.

The recalled vehicles have front passenger airbag inflators that contain a non-desiccated, phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate propellant.

Toyota said the recall is in accordance with an agreement between National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Takata to fix the faulty airbag inflators.

Takata's faulty airbags inflators have been reportedly linked to a few cases of death and several injuries across the world. In February 2018, Takata's U.S. arm, TK Holdings Inc., reached a settlement, which included a civil penalty of $650 million and payment of investigative costs incurred by various state authorities.

Toyota and its luxury vehicle unit Lexus will replace the front passenger airbag inflator or airbag assembly of the recalled models free of cost. The company will begin notifying the owners of all involved vehicles starting late January.

The recall follows another 65,000 vehicles Toyota recalled in December 2018.

Recently, Ford Motor Co. recalled over 953,000 vehicles in North America over faulty Takata airbag inflators.