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Toyota Recalls 645,000 Vehicles Due to Airbag Defect


Toyota has issued a recall for roughly 645,000 vehicles due to an electrical problem that could prevent airbags from inflating in the event of a collision.

About the Toyota Airbag Recall

According to the Detroit Free Press, the recall covers certain Toyota vehicles produced between May 2015 and March 2016.

According to Toyota, an open electrical circuit could occur over time, setting off an airbag warning light and stopping the side and front airbags from deploying. Dealers will inspect serial numbers on potentially faulty sensors and replace them if necessary. Repairs will be completed at no cost to owners.

Toyota will begin notifying owners by letter in March. Among vehicle models that could be affected are:

  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Alphard
  • Toyota Vellfire
  • Toyota Sienta
  • Toyota Noah
  • Toyota Voxy
  • Toyota Esquire
  • Toyota Probox
  • Toyota Succeed
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Levin
  • Toyota Hilux
  • Lexus RX
  • Lexus NX

What Causes Airbag Failures?

There are many different causes of airbag failure, and unfortunately, airbag defects are usually only detected after an auto accident.

Airbag malfunctions can be caused by:

  • Design defect
  • Faulty wiring
  • Loss of power prior to collision
  • Manufacturing flaw
  • Sensor failure

Common Injuries Caused by Airbag Failure

Injuries caused by a defective airbag include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Blindness
  • Death

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 576 people were killed in automobile crashes where a front airbag did not deploy between 2001 and 2006. Of these victims, 360 would have benefited from frontal airbag protection.

 

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