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Toyota Issues Massive Recall Over Airbag Defect

Toyota Motor Co has recently announced a recall affecting approximately one million vehicles due to a critical airbag issue that poses potential safety risks. The focus of this recall centers around a specific defect in the sensors situated in the front passenger seat. This problem affects a range of Toyota and Lexus models manufactured between 2020 and 2022.

Airbag Defect Details

The primary concern lies with sensors that have been identified in popular models such as the Avalon, Camry, and RAV4. These sensors might have undergone improper manufacturing, heightening the likelihood of a short circuit. This malfunction could disrupt the airbag system’s ability to accurately determine the occupant’s weight, leading to potential failure in deploying airbags during certain collision scenarios.

Impacted Toyota and Lexus Models

Vehicle owners of models including Highlander, Sienna, Corolla, Lexus ES250, and RX350 SUVs are advised to take note, as their vehicles are encompassed within the recall range.

Remedy and Timeline

To address this critical safety concern, Toyota and Lexus authorized dealerships will carry out thorough inspections on the Occupant Classification System (OCS) sensors. If necessary, these sensors will be replaced at no expense to the owners. Notification for affected customers is expected to conclude by mid-February 2024.

Series of Recalls

This recent recall marks Toyota’s third substantial recall within a short span. Previous recalls were associated with RAV4 sport utility vehicles and Toyota Highlander SUVs. This emphasis on safety underlines Toyota’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of its customers through a comprehensive approach to this latest recall.

Industry-Wide Concerns

Toyota isn’t the sole manufacturer contending with recall challenges. Major automakers such as General Motors (GM), Ford, Volkswagen, and Hyundai have also faced substantial recalls due to concerns over airbag inflators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is advocating for a wide-ranging recall initiative to address the potential risks associated with these airbag inflators.

Sadia Malik

I am content writer at AutoWheels Pakistan. I love Automobile and Technology.

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