Toyota Recalling Over 1.4 Million Cars Over Airbags and Seats Issues

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Seems like 2014 will be another year of recalls for Toyota as the 8th one has been recently announced by the company. It involves over 6 million vehicles worldwide, out of which about 1.4 million are located in the United States.
Toyota Motor Sales US just announced it will organize a voluntary safety recall involving around 1.3 million vehicles due to a problem in the driver’s airbag module. The recall involves the following model year vehicles:

  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2009-2010 Matrix
  • 2008-2010 Highlander
  • 2009-2010 Tacoma
  • 2006-2008 RAV4
  • 2006-2010 Yaris

Toyota discovered that the driver’s airbag assembly in the involved vehicles is attached to a spiral cable with electrical connections that could get damaged when the steering wheel is turned. In case this happens, the air bag lamp in the dash will go on while the driver might get rendered inactive and it won’t deploy in case of an accident.

But this is only one part of the recall, as the automaker is also recalling a significant number of Toyota Yaris and Scion xD models over a problem with the passenger seat’s rail mounting. The affected models and their numbers are the following:

  • 2006-2010 Yaris Hatchback (158,000 units)
  • 2007-2010 Yaris Sedan (250,000 units)
  • 2008-2010 Scion xD (54,000 units)

Problem here? Well, the springs used for the mechanism which lock the seat rain in its adjusting positions could break. Chances this can happen grow along with how often you adjust your seat forward or rearward. If the spring breaks, the seat may not lock into the adjusted position and the seat could move in a crash.

Currently, Toyota is preparing the remedy for both problems and when the recall begins, owners will be notified via first class mail to take their vehicles to the nearest dealership. Technicians will replace the faulty parts with updated ones for free.

The automaker is not aware of injuries or fatalities caused by these problems so far.
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