Approximately 168,000 model-year 2018-2019 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks and Sequoia SUV’s and model-year 2019 Avalon sedans are being recalled due to issues with programming in the airbag electronic control unit.  A fault may be incorrectly detected during vehicle startup that could disable one or more of the sensors used to detect crashes. This could result in the side and curtain shield airbags and/or front and knee airbags failing to deploy as designed in a crash, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Also, regulatory requirements may not be met in certain markets.

Toyota will begin notifying owners by first-class mail in late October. 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 update the programming in the airbag electronic control unit.

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.