NATIONWIDE — Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles due to an issue with Takata air bag inflators in the front passenger seat.

"If you own a Toyota, Scion or Lexus manufactured between 2003 and 2013, your vehicle may be subject to a Safety Recall for the Takata Front Passenger Airbag Inflator or Takata Driver's Airbag Inflator," stated the company in a statement on its website.

If a vehicle is involved in a crash, the air bag inflators may explode and throw shrapnel into the driver and passengers, according to the Associated Press.

In order to create a small explosion to inflate the air bags, Takata uses a chemical ammonium nitrate to make it happen. However, due to high humidity and changing of the outside temperatures, the chemical can deteriorate over time.

Reportedly, 23 people have been killed worldwide and hundreds of people have been hurt.

The recall includes:

  • Toyota models: 
    • 2010 through 2016 4Runner
    • 2010 through 2013 Corolla and Matrix
    • 2011 through 2014 Sienna
  • Lexus models including:
    • 2010 through 2012 ES 350
    • 2010 through 2017 GX 460
    • 2010 through 2015 IS 250C
    • 350C, the 2010 through 2013 IS 250
    • 350 and the 2010 through 2014 IS-F
  • The 2010 through 2015 Scion XB