Scion Recalls 11,200 iQs

Scion iQ 1 photo
Photo: Scion
Toyota has announced the recall of some 11,200 units of their Scion iQ (2012 and 2013 model-years), due to a possible malfunction with its passenger airbag, which may not deploy as intended during a crash. Apparently, the fault lies with the front passenger Occupant Classification System (OCS) weight sensor cable, which can be damaged as the seat is moved forward and back.
The deterioration of the aforementioned wires may also cause the seat belt pretensioner to not work correctly, or at all, thus limiting the efficiency of the entire safety system. No complaints have been filed yet, and the recall has been a voluntary one, initiated by Toyota, without any outside input.

All cars will receive a free fix, at any authorized dealer, consisting of a protective cover slid over the sensor and cable, in order to prevent future damage. A manufacturing flaw like this is so not-typical for Toyota (and Scion), and it’s not something they could blame on a third-party supplier - it can only be attributed to sloppy build quality.
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