Toyota Motor Crop (TMC) has recalled approximately one million vehicles in the United States to investigate a possible air bag issue. Toyota and Lexus vehicles manufactured in 2020 and 2022 are covered by the order. There are several popular models in the U.S. market included in the recall order issued by Toyota, including the RAV4, Camry, Avalon, Highlander, Sienna, and Corella. In addition, several hybrid models have also been recalled.
The suspected issue with these vehicles is related to sensors in the front passengers seats which as per Toyota may have manufacturing defects in the case of a fault it is possible that the sensor is unable to determine the weight of the person seated and therefore not deployed when required.
Toyota has announced that all vehicles subject to recall will undergo inspections of their OCS Occupant Classification System sensors. If any fault is found, Toyota says that these sensors will be replaced free of charge for all vehicle owners. Toyota also plans to contact customers of vehicles included in the recall order starting in February 2024. Owners of these vehicles are advised they can contact Toyota and Lexus’ official customer care centers in the US to ascertain the necessity of vehicle inspection.
Car brands that compete in the vehicles market in the US are usually quick to issue recall orders due to the rigorous process put in place by the NHTSA. In the past, some brands were hesitant to issue recall orders for fear of damaging their brand image. However, the threat of hefty penalties has caused brands to be more proactive than ever before.