Toyota Motor has issued a critical “Do Not Drive” advisory, urging owners of approximately 50,000 older U.S. vehicles to seek immediate recall repairs due to the risk of airbag inflator explosions that could prove fatal.
The advisory covers certain 2003-2004 model years: Corolla, 2003-2004 Corolla Matrix, and 2004-2005 RAV4s equipped with Takata airbag inflators.
Ongoing Takata Air Bag Crisis and Widespread Recalls:
The Takata airbag inflators have been linked to over 30 deaths worldwide, including 26 in the United States, and numerous injuries.
Since 2009, defective inflators have been the subject of recalls involving more than 67 million units in the U.S. and over 100 million globally.
Toyota’s recent “Do Not Drive” advisory is part of the ongoing efforts by automakers to address the largest auto safety callback in history.
Recall Details and Affected Vehicles:
The Toyota RAV4 recall specifically pertains to the driver’s airbag, while the recalls for Corolla and Corolla Matrix models only involve the front passenger airbag.
Certain Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles are also subject to a second recall related to unintended airbag deployment, even without a crash.
Previous “Do Not Drive” Warnings from Other Automakers:
This advisory follows previous instances where other automakers, such as Stellantis and Honda, issued “Do Not Drive” warnings for vehicles with older Takata airbag inflators after fatal incidents.
In July, Stellantis advised 29,000 2003 Dodge Ram pickup owners to halt driving following a deadly Takata airbag inflator explosion.