Toyota is recalling more than 279,000 model-year 2009-15 Venza SUVs because of concerns that damaged wires in the driver-side door may cause airbag sensors to fail. The wiring that connects the sensor to the airbag system control unit may become damaged with regular use of the driver-side door, causing the sensor to become inoperable and preventing the side and curtain airbags from deploying in certain types of collisions, increasing the risk of injury.

Toyota will begin notifying owners on May 31. Owners can call the automaker at 800-331-4331 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.

To fix the problem, dealers will inspect the driver-side front door wire harness and replace it, if necessary.

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.