Approximately 2.9 million model-year 2011-19 Toyota Corolla cars, model-year 2011-13 Matrix hatchbacks, model-year 2012-18 Avalon sedans, and model-year 2013-18 Avalon Hybrid sedans are being recalled due to airbag issues. The airbag control computer may not have adequate protection against electrical noise that can happen in crashes. During certain crashes, the airbag electronic control unit may malfunction, possibly disabling the deployment of the airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners and increasing the risk of injury.

Toyota will begin notifying owners on March 17. 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.

To fix the problem, dealers will inspect the electronic control unit and install a noise filter between the airbag control module and its wire harness, as necessary. In some vehicles, dealers will inspect the computer to determine if it needs the filter.

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.