NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Roughly 700,000 Toyota (TM) vehicles have been recalled because of the Takata (TKTDF) air-bag issue. But as Robert Carter, Toyota's senior vice president of automotive operations, explained to TheStreet TV, the automaker already began recalling its own vehicles for that issue as early as April 2013.
At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Carter told TheStreet's Ruben Ramirez that vehicles in high humidity environments tend to be at more risk for Takata's faulty air-bag inflators -- a product that is affecting other large automakers such as Ford (F) , General Motors (GM) and Honda (HMC) .
Toyota is working with Takata and other suppliers to get high-quality inflators to customers.
Carter also spoke about hydrogen fuel cells. Toyota plans to launch its hydrogen fuel cell car in the fall of 2015, and is working with the state of California and private parties to build the required infrastructure.
The vehicle takes only three to five minutes to fill and has a range of about 300 miles, while the only emission is water vapor. Toyota is also working on an off-board generation system that would allow the car to power a customer's home for up to a week, should he lose power, Carter explained.