Toyota just announced a major recall of 3.4 million vehicles following a fatal crash. During the accident, a defect in the airbag inflators and seat belt pretensioners could have prevented safety measures from deploying.
Read on to learn more about this recall and find out if your vehicle is affected.
At Least One Dead in Recall Probe
In April 2019, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found at least one crash “involving Toyota products where (electrical overstress) is suspected as the likely cause” of a fatality.
Airbags, as well as seat belt pretensioners installed in Toyota cars between 2010 and 2019, are at fault. During a crash, an electrical overload can cause these essential safety measures to fail. If that happens, the airbags will not inflate or only partially inflate.
Although airbag recalls have dominated the news because of the ongoing Takata crisis, this time manufacturer TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. is to blame. Their faulty control units were installed in an estimated 12 million vehicles total, including those made by Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, and Kia.
Is Your Car Impacted by the Recall?
The following vehicles are part of the current recall:
- 2011-2019 Corolla
- 2011-2013 Matrix
- 2012-2018 Avalon
- 2013-2018 Avalon Hybrid
If you own one of these vehicles, keep an eye on your mailbox. You will receive a notice by mid-March notifying you of what to do next. Toyota announced that they have already created a fix for this issue and will add an “electrical noise filter” to prevent the control unit from being overloaded in a crash.
More Takata Recalls Announced
A second recall on Wednesday added another 139,000 vehicles to the list of those with faulty Takata airbags. These airbags can burst when deployed and send shrapnel throughout the car.
The latest cars included in the Takata recalls are as follows:
- 1998-2000 Rav4
- 1998-1999 Rav4 EV
- 1998-1999 Celica
- 1997-1998 Supra