PLANO, Texas — Toyota Motor North America is recalling approximately 7,600 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles in the U.S. because of a front-passenger airbag problem.
"A component in the airbag assembly may have been improperly welded and/or misassembled," Toyota said in a statement. "If this occurs, stored gas may escape without a deployment signal and result in the partial inflation of the airbag.
"This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time. An airbag that inflates in this manner can, under some circumstances, increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a crash."
Toyota spokesman Victor Vanov told Edmunds that Takata is not the airbag supplier.
"As of September 7, we are not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities associated with this defect," Vanov wrote in response to a query.
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 wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment with their Toyota dealer.