Was your Toyota inspected under the company's recall campaign for faulty airbag inflators last year? You might have another trip ahead to have it repaired again. The automotive giant says that it found "the involved serial numbers provided by the supplier were incomplete, and did not include all of the potentially involved inflators," according to its official announcement. That means more replacements are needed.

Toyota's April 2013 inflator recall covered the Corolla, Matrix and Tundra from the 2003 and 2004 model years, the Sequoia from 2002 to 2004 and the Lexus SC 430 from 2002 to 2004. At the time, the company said it would need to inspect about 510,000 vehicles in the US but only expected to replace around 170,000 inflators.

However, the latest announcement increases that figure to about 766,300 vehicles in the US. Toyota spokesperson Cindy Knight told Autoblog that the new amount is the combination of owners who need to have their vehicle looked at again and those who didn't come in for the initial recall. The company learned about the problem when Takata, the supplier, provided it with an improved list of the faulty part's serial numbers. According to The Detroit Free Press, the latest recall affects about 2.27 million vehicles from them worldwide. Knight said owners would receive notification of the problem around the end of the month but repairs would come in phases because the automaker doesn't have all of the necessary parts at the moment.

The original problem occurred because the front passenger airbag inflator from Takata could have an improper propellant that could cause it to burst in an accident and not allow the airbag to deploy properly. Toyota inspected all the vehicles listed but only changed the inflators with specific serial numbers. Now, it's replacing them all.

This wasn't just a problem for Toyota, though. Honda, Nissan and Mazda also used the faulty inflators and issued recalls at the same time. Autoblog has contacted the other Japanese automakers about whether similar campaigns are necessary for them. We will update this story, if we hear back from them. Scroll down to read Toyota's announcement.

UPDATE: Honda spokesperson Jessica Howell sent along the following statement:
Honda is aware that Toyota recently announced a recall of front passenger's airbag inflators. Honda is not aware of any incidents in our vehicles related to Toyota's action. We are currently investigating the potential implications to Honda vehicles.

UPDATE TWO: Nissan North America sent the following statement:

We are investigating whether this issue also affects Nissan vehicles and we are in contact with regulators and the supplier. Nissan is committed to a high level of customer safety and satisfaction and stands ready to take prompt action as necessary.

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Toyota Renotifies Owners of Certain Previously Recalled Vehicles

June 11, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., June 11, 2014 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. today announced that it will renotify owners of certain vehicles involved in an April 2013 safety recall for the front passenger airbag inflators installed in several models. Toyota is modifying the remedy procedure.

The 2013 recall remedy involved inspection of the front passenger air bag, and if equipped with an affected inflator, the inflator would be replaced with a newly manufactured one at no charge to the owner.

Toyota has determined that the involved serial numbers provided by the supplier were incomplete, and did not include all of the potentially involved inflators.

For vehicles which were inspected and did not receive a replacement inflator, Toyota will re-notify the owners and replace the inflator with a new one.

For vehicles which have not received the 2013 recall remedy previously, Toyota is changing the remedy from "inspect and replace the inflator if it is involved" to "replace the inflator with a new one.".

The involved vehicles were equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant. Improperly manufactured propellant could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash.

Approximately 766,300 vehicles in the US were covered by the 2013 recall, including vehicles that were previously inspected and already received a replacement inflator. This recall involves certain Model Year 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and Tundra; certain Model Year 2002-2004 Sequoia; and certain Model Year 2002-2004 Lexus SC 430 coupes.

Owners of vehicles subject to this safety recall will receive an owner notification letter by first class mail.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall, the Toyota Customer Experience at 1 800-331-4331, www.lexus.com/recall and Lexus Customer Satisfaction (1 800-255-3987).


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      Master Austin
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well obviously Toyota wants to be #1 once again, on recalls.
      Avinash Machado
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hardly any comments here compared to the GM recall articles.
      sheilagreenspoon
      • 4 Months Ago

      let,s get this situation taken care of  and -prevent any thing short of major lawsuits 


      zigitelekus
      • 8 Months Ago
      All vehicles have issues, many never come to light due to the media reporting. Many issues are in part how the owner uses the vehicle, everyone isn't the same size and do everything in the same manner. These are factors in vehicles performance. Lawyers and media hype do not address the owners use, vehicle size choice, and people following owners manual suggestions, most people never read a owners manual, but blame the vehicle that has no brain then. Most people know Toyota as a standup company... Toyota makes some of the best automobiles in the world. They last forever, are incredibly safe, cheap to repair and maintain, cheaper to fill up at the gas tank than anything ($20 thanks to GasBuddy), only cost around 25/month to insure (thanks to Insurance Panda), and are simply pleasures to drive. People, the news media, and lawyers act like you should be able to walk through the world, not paying attention or reading warnings, if you get hurt it is the fault of someone else. Accidents happen more often when products are altered, misused, or improperly maintained. There is no such thing as 100% safe, safety has to be shared by the thinking person, not just other people or objects that have no brain, that's you come equipped with a brain, if you choose to use it, eyes, ears, and other means of decision making for your travels.
        • 8 Months Ago
        @zigitelekus
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        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 8 Months Ago
        @zigitelekus
        " are incredibly safe, cheap to repair and maintain, cheaper to fill up at the gas tank than anything ($20 thanks to GasBuddy), only cost around 25/month to insure (thanks to Insurance Panda), and are simply pleasures to drive. ... " Even for a troll, that is just pathetic; let's look at each segment of your run-on sentence, shall we? "They last forever", - no, they don't - EVERY new car if maintained keeps running good well past 200K miles and a very good number last to 300K plus. There is NO SECRET SAUCE for Toyota, or any other Japanese car that results in in 'lasting forever'. " ... are incredibly safe, ..." What???? How, exactly, does Toyota have better crash test results than ANY other OEM? Answer - they don't!! " ... cheap to repair and maintain ... " You have got to be kidding - parts for Toyota's are far, far more expensive than comparable vehicles, and they have no 'secret sauce' that makes oil/filter, etc cheaper. That is just PATHETIC!! " ... cheaper to fill up at the gas tank than anything ($20 thanks to GasBuddy) ..." Yeah, sure yet again - Toyota advertises Corolla's 'legendary' fuel economy, which is just that, an urban legend - almost EVERY car in the segment gets better fuel economy. That's the low end - EVERY Toyota CUV, SUV, pickup, van, gets worse fuel economy than the competition! " ...... only cost around 25/month to insure (thanks to Insurance Panda), and are simply pleasures to drive. " Now you look like you are on drugs - what in the world is this kind of nonsense - how, exactly, would a Toyota be any cheaper to insure than any other car? Parts cost more than comparable vehicles, labor rates at Toyota dealers are higher and they do NOT have the highest crash test ratings in virtually any category!! And are pleasures to drive??? That is just so lame that it doesn't even justify a response! Let's just mention that Toyota's are far, far LOUDER on the road than competitive vehicles, don't win ANY handling competitions and there are no reasons for having class LAGGING interiors!
      Soyntgo4it
      • 8 Months Ago
      Can Toyota also work on their exhaust systems too every product of theirs smells like rotten eggs. Lexus and Scion included.
        Porsche4life
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Soyntgo4it
        It's called a catalytic converter. Normally smells like that when the driver goes wide open throttle due to extreme amount of fuel going through. Every car will smell like that even yours
          mikoprivat
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Porsche4life
          so why doesn't your porsche smell like rotten eggs when accelerating??...soyntgo is 100 percent correct, every time a toyota in front of me is straining like a constipated old lady to accelerate, the exhaust smells like poop or rotten eggs.
      Rich
      • 8 Months Ago
      yota recalls found on autoblog. American cars front page news. And before you say anything no car has been recalled more than Toyota research it and no toyota is not an American company.
      Renaurd
      • 8 Months Ago
      As I have said, all the automobile companies have been hiding problems and will now start their recalls. The new guidelines and harsh punishments with possible jail time will affect these recalls. Nobody want jail time, let the recalls begin, the public will be better served by them doing so.
        SloopJohnB
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Renaurd
        Not to mention dealers that get cars in that need other things fixed. It's amazing how many people just let their cars go for three-four years or the lease and then buy a new one. But the damned dealers/used car sales people don't fix all the issues/recalls before putting the cars up for sale or auctioning them off. The states with vehicle inspections need to have the list/data of cars that have been recalled and recalls fixed or not for inspection before sale, although I think the dump would be so large that individual inspection stations would be overwhelmed checking off the 'all recalls completed' box. It's important, therefore, when buying a used car to ensure from the OEM dealer (not Eastern Motors, BTW!) that all recalls have been completed.
      Soyntgo4it
      • 8 Months Ago
      Can Toyota also work on the horrible smell from their exhaust systems please, it smells like rotten eggs and its every Toyota product including Lexus and Scion.
      mikoprivat
      • 8 Months Ago
      and then the american toyota psychos complain about GM...hey morons, toyota is the worst car company out there, with the most serious and deadly problems--- get used to the idea
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