Toyota Recalls Tundra, Sequoia, RAV4 For Airbag Inflators
Vehicles Sold in High-Humidity Areas Affected
The Takata airbag recall that has affected millions of vehicles that use modules made by the company continues to expand. The latest chapter involves Toyota, which includes 2003-2005 RAV4 SUVs and 2005-2007 Sequoia and Tundra models sold in high-humidity areas. Also included in this recall are several of Toyota’s passenger car models, including the Matrix, Corolla, and Lexus SC, as well as the Pontiac Vibe, a re-badged version of the Matrix. The company believes high-humidity conditions can affect the inflator modules and possibly cause them to rupture during deployment, increasing the chance for driver and passenger injury.
The recall includes 160,000 2004 and 2005 RAV4s, expand the recall first announced in 2013 on 2003-2004 Tundra and 2004 Sequoia by 177,000 vehicles and an additional 300,000 units, including the aforementioned 2005-2007 Tundra and Sequoia models.
Vehicles originally registered or sold in the Gulf Coast states, including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Hawaii are particularly susceptible to inflator failure due to high-humidity evironments. Affected Toyota and Lexus, as well as General Motors (for Pontiac Vibe models) owners will receive written notice of the product recall. Owners may also visit toyota.com/recall or lexus.com/recall.
Source: NHTSA, Toyota