Toyota recall 1.7 million more cars over risk of exploding airbags

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In November, the firm recalled 1.6 million vehicles worldwide.

Last week, Ford Motor Co said it was recalling 953,000 vehicles worldwide for Takata inflators. Takata used the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the air bags.

There are fears that when this happens shrapnel could be hurled across the vehicle causing significant harm or damage to passengers.

The recall includes Toyota models such as the 2010 to 2016 4Runner, the 2010 to 2013 Corolla and Matrix, and the 2011 to 2014 Sienna.

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At least 23 people have been killed worldwide and hundreds have been injured.

The move announced Wednesday includes 1.3 million vehicles in the US and is part of the largest series of automotive recalls in the nation's history.

According to USA Today, the airbag inflators could explode on deployment and send shrapnel at passengers. The Scion XB is also included in the recall.

Like other Takata-related recalls, the fault revolves around airbags propellant that could degrade over time due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity. That's why inflators in the South along the Gulf of Mexico pose the greatest risks, according to the AP. Automakers are scheduled to replace 10 million more starting this month.

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Dealerships will replace either the airbag inflators or entire airbag systems. Ford and Honda have already announced recalls.

Takata made 50 million defective airbags that were installed in about 37 million vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The ACCC earlier this year added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.

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