Approximately 928,000 model-year 2010-16 Toyota 4Runner SUVs; model-year 2003-06 Tundra pickup trucks; model-year 2003-13 Corolla cars; model-year 2009-10 Matrix hatchbacks; model-year 2007-12 Yaris hatchbacks; model-year 2004-05 RAV4 SUVs; model-year 2002-07 Sequoia SUVs; model-year 2011-13 Sienna minivans; model-year 2008-12 Scion xB hatchbacks; model-year 2008-09 Lexus IS-F sedans; model-year 2007-12 ES 350 sedans; model-year 2010-17 GX 460 SUVs; model-year 2002-10 SC 430 sedans; model-year 2006-12 IS 250 and IS 350 sedans, and 2010-15 IS 250C and IS 350C sedans are being recalled due to airbag issues. The driver or passenger frontal airbag inflators were replaced under a prior recall as part of the Takata airbag crisis using inflators of the same design. The replacement inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling. An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
Toyota began notifying owners on Nov. 15. Owners can call Toyota at 888-270-9371, Lexus at 800-255-3987 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.
To fix the problem, depending on the model, dealers will replace the driver or front passenger airbag inflator or the airbag assembly using an alternate inflator.
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.