Airbags Can Unexpectedly Deploy in Certain Toyota, Lexus SUVs

Airbags Can Unexpectedly Deploy in Certain Toyota, Lexus SUVs
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February 03, 2016

Toyota has announced a recall for decade-old SUVs due to airbag issues.

The automaker is voluntarily recalling 2003-2006 Land Cruiser, 2004-2006 4Runner, 2005-2006 Tundra and Sequoia, 2003-2006 LX 470, and 2004-2006 GX 470 vehicles.

The involved SUVs are equipped with side Curtain-Shield-Airbags (CSAs) which deploy from the roof in the event of certain types of crashes. Due to improper programming, there is a possibility that the CSAs and seatbelt pretensioners could activate when not necessary.

Unexpected activation of the CSAs increases the risk of injury to the occupant.

Toyota believes that about 320,000 vehicles are impacted by this defect.

Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by first class mail. Toyota and Lexus dealers will, free of charge, replace the airbag control module with one which has an improved programming.

Consumers with questions about this recall can contact Toyota customer service at (800) 331-4331 and Lexus customer service at (800) 255-3987.

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