TORONTO — Toyota Canada Inc. has issued a recall some older model Toyota and Lexus vehicles to replace airbags the automaker had previously replaced.
The company says the vehicles include certain 2003-2004 Corollas, 2002-2003 Sequoias, 2003 Tundras and 2002-2003 Lexus SCs that had previously been recalled and had the inflators replaced with new Takata-produced inflators of the same design.
The defective airbag inflators used in the replacement process could also explode and hurl shrapnel at passengers.
The recall involves about 5,469 vehicles in Canada.
Extended exposure to high humidity and heat can cause the defective inflators to explode and send shrapnel flying. At least 23 people have died worldwide due to the problem caused by inflators made by Takata Corp.
Toyota Canada says it will notify owners of vehicles involved in the recall through the mail in early January.
The recall is the latest in a series of major recalls involving more than 100 million inflators worldwide that forced Takata of Japan to seek bankruptcy protection.