Toyota Announces Recall of 1 Million Vehicles Over Airbag Defect, Urges Swift Action for Customer Safety

Toyota Motor Co. announced on Wednesday a recall affecting 1 million vehicles due to a potential defect that may result in airbags failing to deploy, thereby heightening the risk of injury.

The recall spans various Toyota and Lexus models produced between 2020 and 2022, encompassing Toyota Avalons, Camrys, Highlanders, RAV4s, Siennas, and Corollas, including select hybrid variants. The Lexus lineup implicated in the recall comprises the ES250 sedan and the RX350 SUV, among others.

The issue lies with sensors located in the front passenger seat of the recalled vehicles, which may have been improperly manufactured. These sensors have the potential to experience a short circuit, leading to a malfunction in the airbag system’s ability to accurately ascertain the occupant’s weight. Consequently, in specific types of collisions, the airbags may fail to deploy.

To address this concern, Toyota and Lexus dealers will conduct inspections on the Occupant Classification System (OCS) sensors and replace any identified as defective at no expense to the vehicle owners. Toyota has committed to notifying affected customers by mid-February 2024.

In their official statement, Toyota emphasized the importance of addressing this issue promptly to ensure the safety of their customers. “Safety is a top priority for Toyota. We are committed to a high standard of safety and quality in our vehicles. We apologize for any inconvenience this recall may cause our customers and encourage them to have the OCS sensors inspected and replaced if necessary,” said a spokesperson for the company.

Owners of Toyota vehicles who suspect their cars might fall under the recall can obtain further information by calling 1-800-331-4331, while Lexus vehicle owners can contact 1-800-255-3987 for additional details.

In response to the situation, Toyota’s spokesperson reiterated the company’s dedication to resolving the matter swiftly, stating, “Our customers’ safety is paramount. We urge all affected vehicle owners to take advantage of the inspection and replacement services offered by our dealers to address this issue promptly.”

Quoting the official announcement, Toyota acknowledged the urgency of rectifying the situation promptly to ensure the safety of their customers. “If an affected vehicle is continuously operated in this condition, there is a possibility that the OCS may not operate properly and the airbag system may not perform as designed in certain types of crashes,” the statement warned.

The recall is a proactive measure by Toyota to address potential safety concerns and uphold their commitment to delivering vehicles of the highest safety standards. As the company takes steps to rectify the issue, affected customers are urged to respond promptly to the recall notifications and have the necessary inspections and replacements performed to ensure the continued safety and reliability of their vehicles.