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Toyota Recalls Over 3 Million Vehicles Due to Defective Passenger Air Bags

| Jun 22, 2015 | Automobile Defects, Takata Air Bag

Toyota has announced that it will recall 3,042,523 vehicles due to the defective Takata passenger air bags that were installed previously.  This announcement expands previous recalls issued by Toyota to include an additional 2,039,523 vehicles.  Toyota has issued two different recalls to expand and supersede previous recalls throughout the United States.

Click here to view the recalls:  Recall 15V285000 and Recall 15V286000

The problem is the inflators in the front passenger air bags are susceptible to rupture or abnormal deployment in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the front passenger air bag.  In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

The following vehicles are affected in both recalls:

LEXUS SC 2002-2007

PONTIAC VIBE 2003-2007





Recall 15V286000 expands the recall that originated in were originally sold, or ever registered, in Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa to include portions of Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas that were not previously included.  As a result, another 769,055 vehicles will be recalled.  The total number of vehicles recalled in 15V286000 is 1,069,055.

Toyota will notify their owners.  Pontiac Vibe owners will be notified by GM.  Dealers will replace the passenger side front air bag, free of charge.  Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331.  Pontiac Vibe owners may contact GM at 800-762-2737.  NOTE: This recall is an expansion of recall 15V-286 and supersedes recall 14V-655 in its entirety.  For vehicles located in the U.S. states not listed above, please see Toyota recall 15V-285, which covers all other U.S. states.

Recall 15V285000 expands the recall for passenger side frontal air bags that were originally installed in the affected vehicles as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed in service.  An additional 1,270,468 vehicles were added in this recall.

Toyota will notify their owners.  Pontiac Vibe owners will be notified by GM.  Dealers will replace the front passenger air bag. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.  Toyota owners may contact Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331.  Pontiac owners may call 800-762-2737.  NOTE: This recall is an expansion of recall 15V-285 and supersedes recall 14V-312 in its entirety.

After repeatedly denying and refusing to believe that their airbags were defective even though multiple incidents were reported, on May 19, 2015, Takata finally acknowledged the obvious and admitted that their airbags were defective.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings. In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection. In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition. We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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