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Toyota recalls 2.27 million cars for airbag glitch

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TORRANCE, Calif. (AP/PIX11) — Toyota Motor Corp. says it is recalling 2.27 million vehicles due to problems with front passenger airbag inflators.

The company said Wednesday that it was notifying owners of vehicles involved in a 2013 safety recall, including 766,300 in the U.S., to replace airbag inflators. It said it had missed some of the affected devices due to incomplete serial numbers from the supplier.

The inflators contained improperly made propellant that could cause them to work abnormally, and possibly cause fires, in case of a crash.

Of the total number of vehicles affected by the current recall, 650,000 are in Japan and 1.62 million are outside Japan.

Some of the cars affected by the recall were previously inspected and have already received a replacement inflator, the company said.

The recall involves about 20 Toyota models, including some Corolla compacts and Tundra pickups made in 2003-2004 and some 2002-2004 Lexus SC 430 coupes.