Toyota Recalls Thousands of Older-Model Vehicles for Airbag Defects
UNITED STATES – Toyota is recalling thousands of older-model vehicles for airbag defects, according to THECARCONNECTION.COM. The defects are similar to those involved in the ongoing Takata airbag recalls but are not actually involved in the Takata recalls.*
The vehicles involved in this recall are older model Rav4, Celica, and Supra vehicles. The airbags in these vehicles could have defective inflators that can rupture or under-inflate the airbags, which could lead to injuries to drivers and passengers. A total of 138,842 vehicles are included in the recall.
Particularly in warm and humid environments, the non-azide driver airbag inflators in these airbags can degrade and become deformed. This could cause the airbags to fail during a crash. Toyota reported the recall to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and stated that the recall was being performed out of an abundance of caution. Toyota did not report on any injuries or deaths linked to the airbags.
The latest Toyota airbag recall affects the following vehicles:
·1998, 1999 Rav4 EV
·1998, 1999, 2000 Rav4
·1998, 1999 Celica
·1997, 1998 Supra
Toyota will be notifying owners of recalled vehicles to alert them to the issues and provide them with information about repairs. Owners should be notified by late March. In the meantime, vehicle owners with questions can contact customer service for Toyota at (888) 270-9371. The reference numbers for the recall are 20TB01 and 20TA01.
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