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Toyota US holds final phase of car recall to replace Takata airbags

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Toyota US holds final phase of car recall to replace Takata airbags

Toyota Motor Corp. said Oct. 17 that it will be conducting the final phase of its recall of vehicles installed with defective Takata Corp. airbag inflators in the U.S. ahead of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's planned schedule.

The Japanese carmaker said replacements for the faulty inflators are now available for certain vehicle models including Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Scion xB, Sequoia, Sienna, 4Runner, RAV4, Tundra, Yaris and various Lexus variants. The vehicle's model years range from 2002 to 2017.

Toyota said the involved vehicles were repaired under a previous Takata airbag inflator recall. The Takata airbags installed in the vehicles are at risk of causing injury or death to passengers due to chemicals that may result in an inflator rupture. An inflator rupture may send metal fragments flying through the airbag, Toyota said.

Cars installed with Takata airbags have been linked to injuries and fatalities across the world.

The new round of recall will replace the Takata inflators with those produced by other suppliers.

The company said dealers will replace the front passenger or driver airbag inflator, free of charge. Owners in the U.S. will be notified of the recall by mid-December.