One of the most important safety features in your car is a good airbag system. Toyota recently recalled over 645,000 vehicles for a major airbag fault.
Vehicles that are recalled have faulty airbag system that might not deploy in crashes. Over time, the insulation in these airbag systems might peel back over time, creating an open circuit and exposing the airbag sensor to the environment.
According to a press release by Toyota, this could cause the airbags not to work. “The affected airbag sensors have insulation layers that could peel over time. That could create an open circuit and expose the sensor to the environment. This would trigger the airbag warning light, and the side and curtain airbags and/or front airbags might not work.”
Over time, this issue could leave passengers unprotected in the event of a crash. The airbag warning light should come on to warn passengers that the airbags are malfunctioning.
This recall includes Alphard, Vellfire, Sienta, Noah, Voxy, Esquire, Probox, Succeed, Corolla, Highlander, Levin, Hilux, and Prius models. It also includes some models from Toyota-owned Lexus, including RX and NX. All of the vehicles impacted were produced from May of 2015 to March of 2016.
Toyota will be sending out information about the recalls to those impacted by it. In the meantime, if you have one of the models listed, ensure that the airbag warning light is not on.
You can also check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall. The 17-digit vehicle identification number can be used to check recalls at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
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