Toyota and General Motors have issued safety alerts for car models ranging from 2003 to 2005. The cars covered by the recall are at risk of injuring owners if their Takata airbags deploy. The airbag systems may launch shrapnel during deployment.
Owners are advised to call their local dealers and let them come to resolve the airbag issues, as the airbags could deploy on the way to the dealerships. You can also visit the NHTSA website and enter your VIN number to determine if your vehicle is included in the recall. Vehicles affected by the dangerous airbags and the recall include:
- 2003 to 2004 RAV4.
- Corolla and Matrix cars from 2003 to 2005.
- 2003 to 2004 Pontiac Vibes.
The issue is caused by age-related deterioration. That airbag design uses an explosive chemical propellant that deteriorates over time, resulting in an excessively strong explosion that causes the metal canisters to detonate. The faulty airbags have claimed at least 26 lives.