TORRANCE, California — Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling approximately 482,000 2010-'12 Toyota Prius, 2010'12 Prius Plug-in Hybrid and 2011-'12 Lexus CT 200h cars because of an airbag inflator defect, the automaker said on Tuesday.
The side curtain airbag chambers could crack and the airbag could inflate.
"If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury," Toyota said in a statement.
There are no injuries or fatalities linked to the recall, Toyota spokesman Victor Vanov told Edmunds.
The inflators were not made by Takata, Vanov said.
Toyota dealers and Lexus dealers will install retention brackets on the side curtain airbag inflators to prevent the inflator chambers from entering the vehicle if separation occurs. The recall is expected to begin in July.
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.
This is part of a larger global recall of 1.43 million Toyota vehicles.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should plan to make a service appointment with their Toyota or Lexus dealer for this repair next month.