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DETROIT (AP) – Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles in North America to replace Takata's front passenger air bag inflation systems. The decision announced Wednesday includes 1.3 million vehicles in the United States and part of the largest series of automotive recalls in its history. Takata inflators can explode with too much force and project shrapnel on drivers and passengers. At least 23 people were killed around the world and hundreds were injured. The recall concerns Toyota models, including the 4Runner from 2010 to 2016, the Corolla and Matrix from 2010 to 2013 and the Sienna from 2011 to 2014. Lexus models are also covered, including the ES 350 from 2010 to 2012, the GX 460 from 2010 to 2017, the IS 250C and 350C models from 2010 to 2015, the IS 250 and 350 models from 2010 to 2013 and the IS-F model from 2010 to 2014. The Scion XB from 2010 to 2015 is also included. Takata used chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the air cushions. But the chemical can deteriorate over time due to high humidity and high to cold temperature cycles. The most dangerous inflators are found in areas of the southern Gulf of Mexico where the humidity is high. Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace either the inflator or the entire airbag with equipment manufactured by other manufacturers and not containing ammonium nitrate. Owners will be notified by mail or by other means at the end of January. Toyota will not tell if anyone has been injured in vehicles covered by the last reminder. Owners can check if their vehicles have been recalled by accessing https: // www. / callback or and by entering the identification numbers of the registration plate or vehicle. The Toyota recall is part of the progressive replacement of Takata inflators. Automakers are expected to replace 10 million from this month. Ford and Honda have already announced recalls. More than three years after the US National Highway Safety Safety Administration took over reminders involving Takata inflators, one-third of the recalled inflators still have not been replaced, according to an annual government report and a controller appointed by the court last year. The report says that 16.7 million defective 50 million booster inflators still need to be repaired. Security advocates believe that the completion rate should be much higher given the danger associated with inflators. The reminders forced Japanese Takata to seek bankruptcy protection and sell off his assets to pay for the patches.Find 8News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your new tips to