Toyota Recalls 1.2 Million Cars Because of an Airbag Issue

Toyota is recalling over 1.2 million vehicles in the U.S. due to an airbag issue that may incorrectly assess the occupant’s size in the passenger seat, potentially resulting in the airbag not deploying as intended.

These impacted vehicles produced between 2020 and 2022 include Toyota Avalon, Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Highlanders, Sienna Hybrids, and certain Lexus ES250, ES300H, and RX350 models.

According to Reuters, a short circuit in these cars could have a detrimental effect on the Occupant Classification System (OCS) sensor. It is intended to detect whether a small adult or child is seated in the front and adjust the airbag performance to prevent injury from the safety system, which is made for larger occupants.

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On the other hand, the OCS sensor’s ability to function could be interfered with by interior components, which could result in imprecise measurements of the size of the occupant. This recall of the impacted cars is similar to another recall that was started in 2022 and involved only 3,500 Toyota RAV4s.

Toyota has therefore decided to launch a recall drive to address the matter. The owners will be prompted to bring their cars back to a local dealer so that the sensor can be inspected and, if needed, replaced.

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