Toyota Motor has said it would recall almost 1.6m additional US vehicles for front passenger side Takata air bag inflators that could rupture.
Earlier this month, Reuters noted, Takata said it was declaring another 35m to 40m US inflators defective at the urging of US regulators, a move that more than doubles the number of inflators recalled. Faulty Takata inflators have been linked to more than 100 injuries and 13 deaths worldwide.
Toyota told the news agency the new recall includes some but not all Corolla, Matrix, Yaris, 4Runner, Sienna, Scion xB, Lexus ES, GX and IS vehicles built between 2006 and 2011. It added it had now recalled 4.73m vehicles in the US for Takata air bags.
Other reports from 17 automakers now recalling Takata vehicles are due this week, Reuters said.
Last week, a spokeswoman for Daimler told Reuters another 197,000 vehicles in the US would need to be recalled – but all had been recalled in previous driver-side airbag calls.
The automaker said in a statement it would book a charge "in the mid hundreds of million euros" in financial 2016 to cover costs associated with extended recall of 35m-40m Takata inflator-equipped airbags.
Last week, Takata filed reports with US auto safety regulators declaring nearly 14 million air bag inflators defective – in the first of a series of required reports. Takata agreed to expand recalls by 35m to 40m inflators in several tranches to the end of 2019, adding to the 28.8m recalled before 4 May, Reuters said.
This is the largest recall in US auto safety history.
Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tesla Motors, Fisker Automotive and Jaguar Land Rover would recall Takata air bag inflators, bringing the number of automakers involved to 17, including Honda, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.