WASHINGTON — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling another 1.7 million vehicles worldwide — about 376,282 of them in Canada — for potentially faulty Takata airbag inflators as part of a multiyear industry recall campaign announced in 2016.
Last week, Ford Motor Co. said it was recalling 953,000 vehicles worldwide for Takata inflators.
At least 23 deaths worldwide have been linked to the rupturing of faulty Takata air bag inflators, including 15 in the United States. No deaths or injuries have been reported in Canada.
Toyota's new recall relates to vehicles from the 2010-15 model years, and includes 1.3 million vehicles in the United States.
More than 290 injuries worldwide have been linked to Takata inflators that could explode, spraying metal shrapnel inside cars and trucks. In total, 19 automakers are recalling more than 100 million potentially faulty inflators worldwide.
To date, 21 deaths have been reported in Honda Motor Co. vehicles and two in Ford vehicles. Both automakers have urged some drivers of older vehicles not to drive them until the inflators are replaced.
The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June 2017. In April, auto components maker Key Safety Systems completed a US$1.6 billion deal to acquire Takata. The merged company, known as Joyson Safety Systems, is a subsidiary of Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp.
About six million Takata airbags need replacement in Canada, in some cases both the driver and front passenger units, the department said.
Only about 40 per cent of the defective units — roughly 2.3 million airbags — had been replaced as of early August 2018, Transport Canada said late last year.
Automakers in the United States repaired more than 7.2 million defective Takata airbag inflators in 2018 as companies ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement, according to a report released last month.