2003-'06 Toyota Land Cruiser Among 320,000 Vehicles Recalled for Side Airbag Problem

TORRANCE, California Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling approximately 320,000 vehicles, including the 2003-'06 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV, for a problem with the side curtain airbags, the automaker said on Tuesday.

Other vehicles included in the recall are the 2004-'06 Toyota 4Runner SUV, 2005-'06 Toyota Tundra pickup truck and 2005-'06 Toyota Sequoia SUV. The 2003-'06 Lexus LX 470 and 2004-'06 Lexus GX 470 are also part of the recall.

"Due to improper programming in the airbag control modules, there is a possibility that, under certain specific and limited conditions shortly after startup, the (side curtain airbags) and seatbelt pretensioners could activate when not necessary," said Toyota in a statement. "Unexpected activation of the airbags could increase the risk of injury to the occupant."

Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight told Edmunds the automaker is not aware of any crashes linked to the recall.

"We have received reports alleging injuries, such as abrasions and ringing in ears," she wrote in response to a query.

The supplier of the airbag sensor assembly is Denso.

Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace the airbag control module with one that has improved programming. The recall is expected to begin early in February. Owners can contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987.

No information about the recall has been posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.

Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should be ready to make a service appointment at their dealership soon.

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