After years of recalls due to defective airbags made by Japanese company Takata, Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) has added another 1.3 million U.S. vehicles to its recall list.
"As a result of the most recent action taken by Takata under its 2016 agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to fix defective airbag inflators, Toyota is adding vehicles to the series of safety recalls it has been conducting," Toyota said in a press release on Wednesday.
The automaker said that the affected vehicles, which includes Toyota and Lexus models, were equipped with a phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate propellant that could degrade and explode without being triggered by a crash.
More than 20 people have died globally and Toyota last repeated a recall for about 65,000 vehicles less than a month ago after it was determined that the vehicles' replacement airbags were also made by Takata and also possibly faulty.
Last week, Ford Motor Co. (F) announced that it was voluntarily recalling more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators. Nearly 800,000 of those vehicles were recalled in the U.S., making it one of the largest series of recalls in U.S. history.
To date, nearly 40 million vehicles equipped with 50 million defective Takata air bags have been recalled because of the possibility of them exploding.