Toyota is recalling 191,000 of the 2003 to 2008 Corolla models, and 2005 to 2008 Matrix models. Only certain models were affected in the U.S. Those owners will be contacted to have Takata-brand airbags fixed that may not work properly in a crash.
Toyota Issues Formal and Informal Statements
According to FOX Business, they were unofficially told by a Toyota Motor North America representative that “the involved vehicles are equipped with a front passenger airbag assembly containing an inflator … installed as a replacement under a prior recall. There is a possibility that the airbag may not unfold as designed under high-temperature conditions, resulting in airbag internal pressure rising differently than expected.”
Toyota did issue a formal statement in which they explained the problem with the airbag: “there is a possibility that it could be damaged.” They also explained the danger to drivers and passengers: “such damage could cause the airbag to not properly inflate, and this could increase the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.”
This Isn’t The First Takata Airbag Recall
This isn’t the first time a Takata airbag has been recalled. Consider The Consumer covered the Ram 1500 Takata airbag recall of more than 290,000 units earlier this summer. In fact, Consider The Consumer has been covering Takata recalls going back to 2017. Including the 2018 recall of 1.6 Honda airbags after an accident where an Arizona was killed by an exploding Takata airbag inflator. The death toll due to the Takata airbag malfunction is at least 24. About 15 automakers, including Honda, Toyota, Ford, GM, BMW, Tesla have been gradually replacing Takata airbags for years in response to the recalls and the accidents.
How Toyota Plans To Fix This
Toyota intends to contact affected Corolla and Matrix owners through first-class mail, and offer replacement airbags free of charge. To see if your vehicle is one that requires the repair, Toyota advises its car owners to go to the website Toyota.com/recall or nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter their vehicle identification number or license plate information.
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