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:
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:
Injuries caused by a defective airbag include:
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.