TORRANCE, Calif., June 11, 2014 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. today announced that it will renotify owners of certain vehicles involved in an April 2013 safety recall for the front passenger airbag inflators installed in several models. Toyota is modifying the remedy procedure.
The 2013 recall remedy involved inspection of the front passenger air bag, and if equipped with an affected inflator, the inflator would be replaced with a newly manufactured one at no charge to the owner.
Toyota has determined that the involved serial numbers provided by the supplier were incomplete, and did not include all of the potentially involved inflators.
For vehicles which were inspected and did not receive a replacement inflator, Toyota will re-notify the owners and replace the inflator with a new one.
For vehicles which have not received the 2013 recall remedy previously, Toyota is changing the remedy from “inspect and replace the inflator if it is involved” to “replace the inflator with a new one.”.
The involved vehicles were equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant. Improperly manufactured propellant could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash.
Approximately 766,300 vehicles in the US were covered by the 2013 recall, including vehicles that were previously inspected and already received a replacement inflator. This recall involves certain Model Year 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and Tundra; certain Model Year 2002-2004 Sequoia; and certain Model Year 2002-2004 Lexus SC 430 coupes.
Owners of vehicles subject to this safety recall will receive an owner notification letter by first class mail.
Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time. For the most up-do-date Safety Recall information on Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles, customers should check their vehicle’s status by visiting toyota.com/recall and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site: safercar.gov/vin. For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331, or Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.
Vehicle Safety and Quality Communications
Cindy Knight (310) 468-2170
John Hanson (310) 468-4718
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Media Line (310) 468-5297