Toyota recently announced plans to recall nearly 1.12 million cars and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) due to a possible air bag issue. The recall covers various Toyota and Lexus vehicles worldwide, ranging from 2006 to 2011 model years.
Affected vehicles in the U.S. market include certain 2006-2010 Avalon, 2007-2010 Camry, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2010 Highlander, 2008-2010 Scion xB and 2009-2010 VENZA models. Vehicles in other markets include various Lexus vehicles, including the RX270, RX350, GS350, GS450h, LS600h and the GS460.
According to Toyota, the problem is with the vehicle’s air bag system. Specifically, air bag inflators may be unintentionally pressurized if the steering wheel is turned while air flows in the amplifier. If this happens, the driver’s side air bag inflator may rupture and cause injury.
The company is urging customers to park their cars and contact their nearest Toyota dealer for assistance. Dealers will replace the potentially faulty air bag inflators free of charge.
Toyota has not yet received any reports of injuries related to this defect, but it’s taking proactive steps to prevent any accidents from happening. The recall affects a total of 1,123,808 affected vehicles in the United States, Japan, and Europe.
Toyota is emphasizing that its customers’ safety is paramount. The company urges customers to adhere to the recall and take the necessary safety measures.
It’s important to note that this recall comes after a related recall announced in April 2016 that affected nearly 3.4 million vehicles worldwide. This was caused by a similar air bag issue, where an inflator within the air bag may rupture when deployed.
Owners can contact Toyota directly at 800-331-4331 for more information. Those with vehicles that are affected by the recall should contact their nearest dealer as soon as possible for repairs.