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Toyota recalls 1.7 million vehicles worldwide over air bag inflators

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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Motor Corp <7203.T> said Wednesday it is recalling another 1.7 million worldwide for potentially faulty air bag as part of a multi-year industry recall campaign announced in 2016.

Automakers are adding about 10 million vehicle in the to what was already the largest-ever recall campaign in history. Last week, said it was recalling 953,000 worldwide for Previously, 37 million U.S. with 50 million inflators were recalled and 16.7 million inflators remain to be replaced.

At least 23 deaths worldwide have been linked to the rupturing of faulty air bag inflators, including 15 in the

Toyota's new recall relates to vehicles from the 2010 through 2015 model years, and includes 1.3 million vehicles in the

More than 290 injuries worldwide have been linked to Takata inflators that could explode, spraying inside cars and trucks. In total, 19 automakers are recalling more than 100 million potentially faulty inflators worldwide.

To date, 21 deaths have been reported in <7267.T> vehicles and two in Ford vehicles. Both automakers have urged some drivers of older vehicles not to drive them until the inflators are replaced.

The defect led Takata to file for bankruptcy protection in June 2017. In April, completed a $1.6 billion deal to acquire Takata. The merged company, known as Joyson Safety Systems, is a subsidiary of <600699.SS>.

Automakers in the United States repaired more than 7.2 million defective in 2018 as companies ramped up efforts to track down parts in need of replacement, according to a report released last month.

(Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by and Bernadette Baum)

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 23:53 IST