Toyota Recalls 844,000 Toyota, Lexus and Pontiac Vehicles with Airbag Defect
Toyota is recalling 844,277 model year 2002-2004 Toyota Sequoia and Lexus SC, and 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Tundra, and Pontiac Vibe vehicles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal airbag inflator which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the airbag.
This recall addresses both the passenger side frontal airbags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement airbags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement airbag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger side frontal airbag.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants.
Owners of the recalled Toyota and Lexus Vehicles will be notified by Toyota. General Motors (GM) will notify owners of the affected Pontiac Vibe vehicles.
Toyota, Lexus, and GM dealers will replace the passenger side airbag inflator, free of charge. For additional information on this recall, contact Toyota Customer Service at (800) 331-4331. Pontiac Vibe owners may contact GM at (800) 521-7300.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This recall supersedes recall 13V-133 in which some vehicles were inspected and received a replacement inflator, while others were inspected but did not have their inflator replaced. All owners of vehicles that did not get an inflator replacement, or owners that do not know if they got an inflator replacement, should contact their Toyota or Lexus dealer.