Toyota Recalls 1.12 Million Vehicles Globally Over Airbag Sensor Fault

Toyota Recalls 1.12 Million Vehicles Globally Over Airbag Sensor Fault

Toyota has announced a global recall of 1.12 million vehicles spanning the model years 2020 to 2022 due to a potential airbag-related issue. The recall affects a range of models, including Avalon, Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Lexus ES250, ES300H, ES350, RX350 Highlander, and Sienna Hybrid vehicles. The identified fault revolves around the Occupant Classification System (OCS) sensors, with a risk of these sensors experiencing a short circuit.

The OCS sensors play a critical role in ensuring the proper deployment of airbags. If a small adult or child occupies the front seat, the sensors are designed to prevent airbags from deploying, minimizing potential harm. However, the reported short circuit could compromise the functionality of these sensors, leading to airbags not deploying as intended.

Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by Toyota and Lexus, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, by mid-February 2024. The automaker is committed to conducting inspections of the OCS sensors and replacing them, if necessary, at no cost to the vehicle owners.

This recall follows a previous action Toyota took in July 2022, where 3,500 RAV4 models in the United States were recalled due to concerns about potential interference between internal components. This interference could cause the OCS sensor to detect the presence of a passenger inaccurately.

Airbags, a critical safety feature in vehicles, have saved over 50,000 lives in America over the past three decades, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Over time, airbag technology has evolved to address issues of uniform deployment, which also posed risks, especially to children, small adults, and unbelted passengers near the airbag during deployment.

In line with its commitment to ensuring the safety of its customers, Toyota emphasizes that the upcoming recall is a proactive measure to address potential safety concerns. Vehicle owners are encouraged to respond promptly to the recall notifications and avail themselves of Toyota and Lexus’s inspection and replacement services.

TechGolly editorial team led by Al Mahmud Al Mamun. He worked as an Editor-in-Chief at a world-leading professional research Magazine. Rasel Hossain and Enamul Kabir are supporting as Managing Editor. Our team is intercorporate with technologists, researchers, and technology writers. We have substantial knowledge and background in Information Technology (IT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Embedded Technology.

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