Toyota Expands 2013 Recall of Vehicles, Including 2003-'04 Corolla | Edmunds

Toyota Expands 2013 Recall of Vehicles, Including 2003-'04 Corolla


Just the Facts:
  • Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. on Wednesday said it is expanding a 2013 recall of approximately 766,300 vehicles, including the 2003-'04 Toyota Corolla, to fix an airbag problem.
  • Toyota said the April 2013 recall was based on incomplete serial numbers provided by the parts supplier.
  • Toyota is changing the remedy from inspecting and replacing the front passenger airbag inflator "if it is involved" to "replace the inflator with a new one."

TORRANCE, California — Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. on Wednesday said it is expanding a 2013 recall of approximately 766,300 vehicles, including the 2003-'04 Toyota Corolla, to fix an airbag problem.

Toyota said the April 2013 recall was based on incomplete serial numbers provided by the parts supplier.

Toyota is changing the remedy from inspection and replacement of the front passenger airbag inflator "if it is involved" to "replace the inflator with a new one."

Other vehicles involved in the new action include the 2003-'04 Toyota Corolla Matrix, 2002-'04 Toyota Sequoia and 2002-'04 Lexus SC 430.

"In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture, with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger-seat occupant or other occupants," said NHTSA in its summary of the 2013 recall of the vehicles.

NHTSA has not posted any information about the revised recall.

Toyota said the vehicles could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant.

There are "no confirmed reports of crashes, injuries or death," wrote Cindy Knight, a Toyota spokeswoman, in response to an Edmunds query regarding the revised recall.

"The 2013 recall remedy involved inspection of the front passenger airbag, and if equipped with an affected inflator, the inflator would be replaced with a newly manufactured one at no charge to the owner," said Toyota in the latest statement. "Toyota has determined that the involved serial numbers provided by the supplier were incomplete, and did not include all of the potentially involved inflators.

"For vehicles which were inspected and did not receive a replacement inflator, Toyota will re-notify the owners and replace the inflator with a new one."

Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.

Edmunds says: Toyota says it will begin notifying owners of these vehicles this month. If you receive the official notice, make an appointment with your local dealer.

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