Toyota adding 1.6 million vehicles to Takata air bag recall

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows a crash test of a 2002 Honda CR-V, one of the models subject to a recall to repair faulty air bags. Honda on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 said it will expand a recall of cars with Takata driver's side air bags to all 50 states. (AP Photo/Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, File)
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows a crash test of a 2002 Honda CR-V, one of the models subject to a recall to repair faulty air bags. Honda on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 said it will expand a recall of cars with Takata driver's side air bags to all 50 states. (AP Photo/Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially faulty front passenger air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

The recall includes Toyota, Scion and Lexus models from the 2006-2011 model years.

The air bags can deploy with too much force and spew shrapnel into the vehicle. They are responsible for at least 11 deaths worldwide.

The U.S. government said earlier this month that it was expanding and accelerating the ongoing recall of Takata air bags.

Seventeen automakers — including Toyota — are adding 35 million to 40 million inflators to the 28.8 million that have already been called back for replacement.

Toyota said it will notify customers by mail.

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