Toyota Takata airbag recall includes the 2005 Toyota Tundra.

Toyota is recalling 65,000 cars and trucks as part of its ongoing push to replace potentially dangerous Takata airbags.

The automaker says it will install new, non-Takata airbag inflators in select 2003 to 2005 Toyota Corolla small cars, 2002 to 2005 Toyota Sequoia SUVs, 2003 to 2005 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks, and 2002 to 2005 Lexus SC cars.

The Takata recall covers 50 million airbag inflators in 37 million cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks from 19 manufacturers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The devices use ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbag in the event of a crash. The ammonium nitrate can become unstable over time, leading to inflators that explode with an unexpectedly violent force.

This latest announcement from Toyota is part of NHTSA’s effort to space out the replacement of Takata airbag inflators in different regions of the country, based on the risk to drivers and passengers. A Toyota spokeswoman says that this action is being done a year ahead of schedule because Toyota has the replacement parts it needs to do the work now.

At least 15 drivers and passengers in the U.S. have died, and more than 250 people have been injured because of those devices, NHTSA says. 

The Details

Vehicles involved: 65,000 cars, SUVs, and trucks, including:

  • 2002 to 2005 Lexus SC cars
  • 2003 to 2005 Toyota Corolla small cars
  • 2002 to 2005 Toyota Sequoia SUVs
  • 2003 to 2005 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks

The problem: The models were given new Takata replacement airbag inflators as part of an earlier round of this national recall process. Those inflators still had the same troubled chemical makeup as the original inflators, so those replacements themselves need to be replaced.

The fix: Dealers will install new, non-Takata inflators at no cost to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: owners should contact Toyota Customer Service at 800-331-4331, or Lexus Customer Service at 800-255-3987.

Toyota recall for Takata airbags includes the 2005 Toyota Tundra.
2005 Toyota Tundra