Massive Toyota Recall Affects 2.3M Vehicles in U.S.

By | April 09, 2014
Toyota is announcing a huge recall of 2.34 million vehicles in the U.S. for problems related to airbags and front seat rails. The first Toyota recall involves a faulty module that could render airbags useless during a crash. The airbag module is attached to a spiral cable assembly, and turning the steering wheel could damage certain electrical connections. Models involved in this campaign include certain 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Tacoma, 2006-2008 RAV4, and 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles. A warning light will come up on the dash to indicate a problem with the airbags in these vehicles. Toyota said it is not aware of any injuries or deaths related to the issue.
In the second recall, a number of small cars may be equipped with front seats that fail to lock in place. This problem may occur while adjusting the driver's seat in certain small models and the front-passenger seat of certain three-door models. A faulty spring in the seat rail may break, and if a collision occurs, the seat may move unexpectedly and increase the risk of injury for the driver or passenger. This recall affects 2006-2010 Yaris hatchbacks, 2007-2010 Yaris sedans, and 2008-2010 Scion xD vehicles. Right now, Toyota is currently preparing a fix for both problems. The automaker says it will notify owners by mail, and all repairs will be conducted at dealerships free of charge. The U.S. Toyota recall is just the tip of the iceberg. Toyota is recalling a total of 6.4 million vehicles worldwide for a variety of safety problems. It is Toyota's second largest recall to date. Source: Toyota