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DETROIT - Nearly 2 million more Toyota and Lexus vehicles in North America are being recalled for a possible defect that could cause airbags to explode, spraying shrapnel at drivers and passengers, the automaker announced Wednesday.
According to The Associated Press, the latest recall involving Takata airbag inflators includes 1.7 million vehicles – 1.3 million of which are in the U.S. Officials believe the defect has resulted in at least 23 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide, the AP reported.
The affected models include the following:
The company said it will notify owners of the affected vehicles about the recall by mail "or other means" later this month. If you own one of these models, "Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace either the front passenger airbag inflator or airbag assembly at no cost," a news release said.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.