The repairs needed for the faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata continue to expand. Toyota initially announced a recall of 766,300 vehicles equipped with the bad part on June 11 as a followup to a campaign from 2013. Soon after, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary evaluation into five automakers who also used the component in their models. Now, NHTSA has released the official announcement of the latest Toyota recall listing 844,277 affected cars, including the newly added 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe.

While NHTSA's document didn't include a model-by-model breakdown, General Motors spokesperson Alan Adler estimated to Autoblog that roughly 85,000 Vibes in the US would be covered under the latest recall. Like the rest of the affected models, the airbag inflator could rupture in a crash causing the bag not to work correctly, possibly spraying metal fragments at the occupant.

Toyota spokesperson Cindy Knight told Autoblog that the reason for the disparity between the earlier press release and NHTSA document was that Toyota was continuing to comb through VINs to create a list of affected vehicles. The original number was an estimate of that process at the time. Scroll down to the recall report from NHTSA.
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RECALL Subject : Passenger Side Front Air Bag Inflator may Rupture

Report Receipt Date: JUN 11, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V312000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 844,277
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
LEXUS SC 2002-2004
PONTIAC VIBE 2003-2004
TOYOTA COROLLA 2003-2004
TOYOTA COROLLA MATRIX 2003-2004
TOYOTA SEQUOIA 2002-2004
TOYOTA TUNDRA 2003-2004

Details
Manufacturer: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing

SUMMARY:
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2002-2004 Toyota Sequoia and Lexus SC and 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Tundra, and Pontiac Vibe vehicles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag inflator which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. This recall addresses both the passenger side frontal air bags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement air bag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger side frontal air bag.

CONSEQUENCE:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants.

REMEDY:
Toyota will notify owners of affected Toyota and Lexus vehicles and General Motors will notify owners of affected Pontiac Vibe vehicles. Toyota, Lexus, and GM dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac Vibe owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. IMPORTANT NOTE: This recall supersedes recall 13V-133 in which some vehicles were inspected and received a replacement inflator, while others were inspected but did not have their inflator replaced. All owners of vehicles that did not get an inflator replacement, or owners that do not know if they got an inflator replacement, should contact their Toyota or Lexus dealer.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      theodorewilt
      • 6 Months Ago
      There are going to be many more recalls from all manufacturers out of cautiousness, and honestly, I am not sure if autoblog needs to document every frickin' one. As well, this is a Matrix / Vibe recall, along with other manufacturers to be making announcements soon. Why does the headline single out Pontiac? The dead horse beating is getting tiresome, although I am interested in whatever any positive outcomes result in this historic nadir of General Motors. Otherwise, as there is autoblog green, perhaps there should be autoblog recall for those people interested in this type of information.
        • 6 Months Ago
        @theodorewilt
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        thedriveatfive
        • 6 Months Ago
        @theodorewilt
        I actually use the recall info on my car, It has helped me twice now, Its an online blog its not like they run out of space like a print magazine.
      karlInSanDiego
      • 6 Months Ago
      GM announces they are recalling 1966 Corvair Monzas (ignition switch when operated over 55mph) All other Corvair's have been assumed to be safe at any speed. GM also announced it will be recalling 12 million Fiats, as it feels it's only fair that someone else should have to feel its pain.
      Revis Goodworth
      • 6 Months Ago
      What should shock the sycophants of Government Motors is the number of pre-taxpayer screwing recalls that are emerging - the outright dishonesty and deception of this company is manifold and repulsive. And just think, Government Motors is not paying a dime for any of this conscience cleansing - you taxpayers are - the $10-15 billion this company still holds tax and interest free (to them) is being used to pay for the sins of the discontinued company!
        mikoprivat
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        define "scycophans" Einstein!! you dumb a$$ you shouldn't even be commenting you write either like a 6 year old or a 90 year old. uneducated peasant!
        Rob Pollard
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        You realize this is a Toyota recall, right? Nah, of course you don't. You just read the headline (which granted, could have been better by Autoblog, e.g., "Toyota adds 85k Pontiac Vibes to airbag recall tally) and went from there.
          Adrian Hosein
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Rob Pollard
          Ummm, basically you are asking Autoblog to re-brand a car just so it doesn't make GM look bad? Look at it this way, if GM was the only one re-calling the Vibe for the same issue, do you think they should have STILL called it a Toyota re-call? As far as i am aware Toyota doesn't have a car called the Vibe, Pontiac ( GM brand ) does, all you idiots, stop asking Autoblog to play car god, they are merely a follower like the rest of us.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 6 Months Ago
      GM dealerships are printing money now, business is booming.
        Hampton
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        You mean the government is printing money for them?
      muspod
      • 6 Months Ago
      Daily occurence now... Just expect your new GM to have it also Just remember this stuff when you need another car...
        mikoprivat
        • 6 Months Ago
        @muspod
        like people will remember the krap that comes out of toyota??
      kontroll
      • 6 Months Ago
      yes, because they were made by toyota
      Brian
      • 6 Months Ago
      Just noticed that the roof racks only make half the roof. Interesting!
        Yeah yeah
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Brian
        Yeah, it's kind of annoying when we mount our kayak racks on the roof rack. But the ends are still far enough apart to work. I guess the rack was designed more for style than function.
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