Approximately 139,000 model-year 1998-2000 Toyota RAV4 SUVs, model-year 1998-99 RAV4 EV electric SUVs, model-year 1998-99 Celica coupes and model-year 1997-98 Supra coupes are being recalled due to airbag issues. The front driver-side airbag inflators with non-azide propellant were manufactured without appropriate seals. Air and moisture may leak into the inflators over an extended period, causing propellant degradation and an abnormal deployment in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Toyota will begin notifying owners by late March. Owners can call the automaker at 888-270-9371 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.
A remedy is currently under development.
Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.
Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.