2003-'05 Toyota Corolla Among Vehicles in Limited Regional Recall for Airbag Problem | Edmunds

2003-'05 Toyota Corolla Among Vehicles in Limited Regional Recall for Airbag Problem


For more information on the Takata airbag recall, click here. 10/27/14

Just the Facts:
  • Toyota is conducting a limited regional recall for certain 2003-'05 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra, Lexus SC 430 and Pontiac Vibe vehicles currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands and equipped with Takata passenger-side airbag inflators.
  • Toyota told Edmunds it could not provide an exact number of vehicles yet.
  • Toyota dealers will replace the defective passenger-side airbag inflators.

WASHINGTON — Toyota is conducting a limited regional recall for certain 2003-'05 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra, Lexus SC 430 and Pontiac Vibe vehicles currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands and equipped with Takata passenger-side airbag inflators, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants."

Toyota told Edmunds it could not provide an exact number of vehicles yet.

Toyota dealers will replace the defective passenger-side airbag inflators.

No timetable has been set for the recall. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 and Pontiac Vibe owners can contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.

This is part of a larger action announced on Monday by several automakers in recalls or regional field actions linked to airbag supplier Takata following a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation.

NHTSA said it has received notification from BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota "that they are conducting limited regional recalls to address a possible safety defect involving Takata-brand airbag inflators."

The action "is influenced by a NHTSA investigation into six reports of airbag inflator ruptures, all of which occurred in Florida and Puerto Rico," NHTSA said. "Based on the limited data available at this time, NHTSA supports efforts by automakers to address the immediate risk in areas that have consistently hot, humid conditions over extended periods of time," the agency said.

Edmunds says: In the case of all Takata-related recalls and regional field actions, affected consumers should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they receive notification from their vehicle manufacturer.

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