Toyota Motor Corp today has recalled 1.6 million cars in Japan to replace airbag inflators made by the embattled Takata Corporation.
The vehicles in question have been recalled before Toyota, but the company has concluded that they may still be unsafe. The decision came by after a passenger in a Nissan got injured this year when an airbag ruptured, despite the inflator having been checked in an earlier inspection.
In earlier inspections, car makers had checked the inflators using ammonium nitrate for air leaks and had deemed some safe enough not to be replaced. But Toyota said in emailed comments that it would now replace all of those inflators. The replacement parts will be made by Takata.
The Takata Corporation was fined $70 million by U.S. regulators, who ordered the company to stop using the potentially dangerous ammonium nitrate propellant.