Defective Occupant Classification System Poses Safety Hazard in Toyota Vehicles

About 59,000 vehicles are impacted, according to the manufacturer

Defective Occupant Classification System Poses Safety Hazard in Toyota Vehicles
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May 3, 2016

Toyota has announced a recall for sedans with airbags that can be mistakenly disabled.

The automaker is recalling certain model year 2016 Avalon and Camry vehicles. The occupant classification system (OCS) that activates or deactivates the front passenger seat airbag system may have been improperly calibrated. As a result, the front passenger air bag and the front passenger knee airbag may not deploy as intended in certain crash scenarios. As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."

Airbags that do not deploy as intended during a crash increase the risk of injury.

The company is including about 59,000 vehicles in its recall.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the OCS, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by May 31, 2016.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact Toyota customer service at (888) 270-9371.