Toyota Will Recall 3.4 Million Vehicles On Airbags and Fuel Tank Issues

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Toyota has announced two global safety recall campaigns, which will cover about 3.4 million vehicles.
The first of the recalls affects 1.43 million Toyota Prius and Lexus CT200h compact hatchbacks. Toyota wants to replace the curtain air bag inflators of these cars, as they could develop cracks if the cars are parked and unoccupied for an extended period.

The issue is that the airbag inflators might already have a small crack, which could eventually lead to inflating the safety device. If an occupant is inside the vehicle at the time of the incident, Toyota believes there is an increased risk of injury.

Contrary to recent expectations when an airbag recall is announced, no Takata components are involved here. In the case of the vehicles affected by this potential issue, Toyota Motor Corporation says that they were built between October 2008 and April 2012. Toyota is not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths related to this defect.

The second recall campaign announced by Toyota Motor Corporation will affect 2.87 million units worldwide, including the Prius and Corolla. In the case of this service campaign, Toyota has explained that the fuel emissions control canisters could crack.

As Bloomberg notes, when the vehicles have a full tank of gas, leaks could appear because of the potential issue described above. The affected cars were built between April 2006 and August 2015, and the automaker stated that it is not aware of any wounds, collisions, or casualties caused by the problem.

At this point, we must note that the 1.43 million units and the 2.87 million vehicles which must be recalled add up to more than the 3.4 million cars we mentioned in the title of this article. However, Toyota Motor Company has explained that approximately 932,000 vehicles are targeted by both recalls.

If you own a Toyota or Lexus model with the model years listed above, we suggest checking the automaker’s website and go to the recall section and enter your VIN to make sure your car is not involved in an active recall.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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