Toyota Recalling 1.1 Million Vehicles for Potential Air Bag Issue

posted by  
Filed under Automotive, News, Toyota

Toyota Motor Corporation has announced a global recall of 1.12 million vehicles due to a potential airbag issue. The recall, prompted by concerns about a short circuit in a sensor, aims to address a situation where airbags may not deploy as intended. The affected vehicles span the model years 2020 through 2022 and include various popular models such as Avalon, Camry, Corolla, RAV4, as well as Lexus ES250, ES300H, ES350, RX350, Highlander, and Sienna Hybrid vehicles.

The specific concern revolves around the Occupant Classification System (OCS) sensors, responsible for ensuring that airbags do not deploy if a small adult or child is seated in the front passenger seat. The malfunction of these sensors poses a risk of airbags deploying incorrectly, potentially leading to safety hazards. Notably, the recall encompasses approximately 1 million vehicles in the United States alone.

To address the issue, Toyota dealers will conduct inspections and, if necessary, replace the faulty sensors. Owners of the affected vehicles can expect to receive notifications about the recall starting in February. This proactive measure underscores Toyota’s commitment to prioritizing customer safety and addressing potential defects promptly.

This is not the first time Toyota has faced airbag-related recalls. In July 2022, the company recalled 3,500 RAV4 vehicles in the United States due to concerns about potential interference between internal parts that could cause the OCS sensor to inaccurately detect the occupant.

Airbags, particularly frontal airbags, have been instrumental in saving lives on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, frontal airbags in the United States have saved over 50,000 lives over the past 30 years. However, advancements in safety technology, such as the Occupant Classification System, are crucial to mitigating potential risks associated with airbag deployment.

The development of the new sensors stems from a recognition that older airbags deployed uniformly for all occupants, which sometimes resulted in injuries and, in rare cases, fatalities among children, small adults, and unbelted passengers in close proximity to the airbag during deployment. The refinement of sensor technology seeks to enhance passenger safety by ensuring more accurate and tailored deployment of airbags based on occupant characteristics.

Source: Reuters


You May Also Like


Automotive Manufacturers & Categories