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Toyota adds 650,000 cars to airbag recall

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

Toyota has recalled 650,000 more cars in Japan over faulty airbags, expanding a recall first announced last year.

The initial recall in April 2013 included 1,830,000 Toyota cars sold in foreign markets, along with a few hundred thousand in Japan.

Toyota said the recalled cars contain passenger airbag inflators that were manufactured using shoddy parts.

"Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash," the company said in a statement.

The airbags were manufactured by Takata Corp., a Japan-based supplier. Toyota said the recall was expanded because the supplier had not provided a complete list of affected serial numbers.

In total, 2,796,000 cars have been recalled over the airbag problem. Shino Yamada, a Toyota spokesperson, said the company has issued 22 global recalls this year.

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