LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Just in the past week, over 2.5 million cars have been recalled in the U.S. due to faulty air bags.
It started with Ford on Monday, which recalled almost a million cars to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators, citing the possibility of the inflators exploding and hurling shrapnel.
Now, Toyota is following suit with a recall of over 1.5 million vehicles in North America because of the same Takata air bags.
According to the Associated Press, at least 23 people have been killed worldwide, and hundreds have been injured due to the inflators.
They also say Takata uses ammonium nitrate to inflate the air bags, but the chemical can actually deteriorate over time, and that’s especially true in areas like Southwest Louisiana with high humidity and frequently fluctuating temperatures.
Here is a full list of the vehicles that were cited in the recalls this week:
- 2010 Ford Edge
- 2010 Lincoln MKX
- 2010 and ’11 Ford Ranger
- 2010 through ’12 Ford Fusion
- 2012 Lincoln MKZ
- 2010 and ’11 Mercury Milan
- 2010 through ’14 Ford Mustang
- 2010 through ’16 Toyota 4Runner
- 2010 through ’13 Toyota Corolla and Matrix
- 2011 through ’14 Toyota Sienna
- 2010 through ’12 Lexus ES 350
- 2010 through ’17 Lexus GX 460
- 2010 through ’15 Lexus IS 250C and 350C
- 2010 through ’13 Lexus IS 250 and 350
- 2010 through ’14 Lexus IS-F
- 2010 through ’15 Scion XB
You can check if your vehicle is under a recall at any time by visiting www.airbagrecall.com and entering your license plate or vehicle identification number.
Toyota says if you own one of the affected vehicles, you should receive a notice in the mail sometime this month.