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Recall: Scion iQ for faulty passenger airbag

Sensor cables on the front seat may become damaged and make the airbag inoperable or suddenly deploy.

By Clifford Atiyeh Nov 7, 2012 10:05AM
Toyota is recalling 11,200 Scion iQ models because of airbag sensor cables that could become damaged and set off the front passenger airbag inadvertently, the company said in a statement Wednesday. Both 2012 and 2013 models are affected.

The sensor cables run along the seat rails and could be damaged if a loose object were to fall underneath the seat and become stuck while the seat is moved forward or backward, Toyota said. The damaged cables could then send false signals to either deploy the airbags inadvertently or cause them not to deploy at all. The seatbelt pre-tensioners, which cinch the belt buckle extremely tight in an accident, could also fail to operate correctly.

These airbag sensors, called the "occupant classification system," detect weight placed on the front passenger seat and can determine whether to deactivate the front airbag for a baby seat or small child. For a microcar, the iQ manages to fit 11 standard airbags -- the most of any production vehicle to date -- including the industry's first rear window airbag and driver's seat cushion airbag. None of the other airbags are affected.

Dealers will inspect the cables starting in December and fit protective covers over them, Toyota said. Affected owners can contact Scion at 1-866-707-2466.

[Source: Toyota]

12Comments
Nov 7, 2012 2:30PM
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10 Mile a Hour hit with a car that has 11 air bags makes it a Totalled Car..What next???
Nov 7, 2012 7:42PM
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Seems to be a pattern with Toyota cars. My daughter was driving my 2011 Yaris and was hit on the rear quarter panel.  The impact thru the car into the retaining wall and the car was totaled.  The engine was lying on the ground and yet not one of the airbags deployed.
Nov 8, 2012 1:40PM
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No surprise, another Toyota recall!
Nov 9, 2012 11:46AM
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Great!!! I've had this car for less than 6 months with less than 3,000 miles and thus far, this car has already died once at a stoplight and now there's a recall!!! Dealerships aren't willing to do anything right now....maybe it's just me but airbag randomly going off seems to be a big effin issue!!!!! DON'T BUY THIS CAR!!!!!
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sorry did that wrong.

Toyota ia suppose to be one of the best. Too many recalls for me to buy another one.Not sure what to do with the one I have. AND NOW WAIT TO GET THE RECALLS FIXED?????

Nov 8, 2012 11:17AM
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Last year in Glenwood Springs, Colorado a Highlander was stolen and involved in a police chase. The Highlander T-boned a parked car at approx. 50mph and the thief walked away with nothing more than a few bruises. The police officer involved said that he could not believe the guy wasn't seriously hurt since both vehicles were completely destroyed.
  Toyota's are considered to be amongst the safest vehicles on the planet according to their crash test results. I wouldn't put my daughter in the tiniest, cheapest car that I could find, I'd put her in a Suburban since they are also cheap and easily replaced but large enough to protect her better.

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