In a mind-blowing oversight of epic proportions, Toyota has put thousands of drivers, not to mention passengers, at risk. A new announcement from Toyota reveals that a long list of cars, trucks, and SUVs may contain airbags that do not properly deploy. The potentially life-threatening flaw could result in serious or even fatal injuries if a failure occurs while anyone is in the vehicle. Information is limited as of right now, but here’s what we know about the issue so far.
• The 2018 and 2019 Tundra pickup, and the 2019 Avalon Sedan, are all included in the recall. However, Toyota has revealed that vehicles marketed between 2003 and 2013 may also suffer from the same issue.
• The issue is with the airbag injector and the computer chip used to control deployment in vehicles. In an accident, it may fail to deploy the airbags in a timely fashion or fail to respond at all. The computer chip sometimes reads the airbags as faulty, and when it does this, will not deploy them. This can raise the risk for fatalities and life-threatening injuries.
• The recall contains at least 168,000 vehicles under the Toyota name, and spans across models within multiple categories. It also includes a long list of other vehicles from other manufacturers.
• Toyota plans to contact vehicle owners directly to inform them of the recall, but you can take action and get info now at the car manufacturer’s website. Enter your license plate number or your 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) using this tool to see whether you are affected.
• The company has a toll-free number (888-324-3502) available for owners who wish to inquire by telephone and/or get information on repairs. Drivers can also schedule appointments for repairs by calling this number.