Defective Airbags Lead to Toyota Recall of Millions of Vehicles

Defective Airbags Lead to Toyota Recall of Millions of Vehicles

Automotive manufacturer Toyota released a press report on Tuesday detailing a potential fault in the airbag mechanisms of millions of its vehicles, leading to an extensive recall of several of its models.

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According to Toyota, the problem lies in the side air bag inflators. The inflators could possibly have a crack that enables the pieces of the mechanism to separate and enter the interior of the vehicle when the air bags inflate, leading to an “increased risk of injury.”

The press release states that the inflator is most likely to separate when a car is parked for long periods of time.

The models included in the recall are the 2010-2012 Prius, 2010 and 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrid, and 2010-2011 Lexus CT 200h hatchback. WDUN reports that some 1.43 million vehicles are included in the recall.

Thus far, there have been no reports of injuries as a result of the faulty air bags.

Toyota and Lexus dealers are offering to install retention brackets in any affected vehicles. This no-cost adjustment will, according to Toyota, prevent the inflator from entering the vehicle in the event of an inflation.

The air bags are manufactured by Autoliv, a Swedish company based in Stockholm. The company says it is cooperating fully with the recall and estimates the cost of the fix at $10 million to $40 million.

Toyota also recalled 2.8 million vehicles because of faulty emissions controls, but none of those vehicles are in North America.

A 2014 report by Forbes found that Toyota has the highest number of recalls of any major car manufacturer, with over 5 million vehicles recalled annually. When weighted against total number of vehicles sold, Toyota ranked seventh highest with an eighty percent recall rate.

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