These vehicles are from almost all major car manufacturers including Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and General Motors, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.
In a statement yesterday, the Transportation Department's safety agency urged owners of these motors vehicles to "act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags."
The message comes with urgency, especially for owners of vehicles affected by the regional recalls in the following areas: Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii, it said.
Acting immediately, Toyota Motors announced safety recall of approximately 2,47,000 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus SC vehicles produced from 2001 to 2004 and equipped with front passenger airbag inflators supplied by Takata Corporation.
This action intensifies Toyota's efforts to reach customers and remedy previously recalled vehicles, and a small number of newly included vehicles, in certain geographic areas that appear to warrant immediate action, based on testing by the supplier, it said.
In April 2013 and June 2014, Toyota announced recalls for affected vehicles.
Separately, in cooperation with NHTSA and Takata to investigate incidents of ruptured inflators, Toyota recovered inflators from recalled vehicles from areas in South Florida for evaluation by Takata.