TORRANCE, Calif., April 11, 2013 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that it will conduct a safety recall involving approximately 170,000 front passenger airbag inflators installed in several vehicle models.
The involved vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers. Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash.
The vehicles involved include certain Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, and Tundra, and Lexus SC 430 models manufactured from 2001 – 2003. More precise vehicle information is being developed, but about 510,000 vehicles may have to be inspected to locate the suspect inflators.
Owners of vehicles subject to this safety recall will receive an owner notification letter by first class mail. The recall remedy will involve inspection of the front passenger air bag, and, if it is equipped with an affected inflator, the inflator will be replaced with a newly manufactured one at no charge to the owner.
Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall, the Toyota Customer Experience at 1 800-331-4331, www.lexus.com/recall and Lexus Customer Satisfaction (1 800-255-3987).
Four major Japanese automakers are recalling about 3.4 million cars worldwide because of possible airbag problems.
Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda said separately Thursday that abnormal inflation of passenger-side airbags was the reason for the recall.
The companies said the defective airbags, which were made by Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp, could burst or cause a fire. No injuries or deaths have been reported.
Honda is recalling 1.1 million vehicles, including the Civic and Odyssey models. Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles, including the Tundra and the Corolla. Nissan says the defective airbags were found in 480,000 cars made in Japan between 2000 and 2004. Mazda is recalling 45,000 units worldwide. Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters..