Recall: 6.39 million Toyotas for airbags, seat rails
More than 1.7 million cars affected in US; three other problems affect non-US models.
Of the 27 models, eight are affected in the U.S. totaling more than 1.7 million cars. On 1.3 million cars, the driver's airbag could be deactivated due to a cable connecting the airbag module in the steering column that can be damaged when the driver turns the wheel. The 2009-2010 Corolla, Matrix and Tacoma, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2006-2008 RAV4 and 2006-2010 Yaris are affected. The Pontiac Vibe, an identical model to the Matrix, is also affected and included in this total.
An airbag warning light should illuminate if this occurs, Toyota said. There are no reported injuries or deaths and Toyota did not say when the recall would begin. Dealers will replace the airbag's spiral cable with a new one.
Toyota is recalling another 472,500 cars — some of which include cars from the airbag recall — for seats that may not lock or may become stuck. Springs in the seat rails may break and cause the driver's seat to slide during a crash. If one or two springs break, the seat may not lock in the desired position. If the springs become stuck in the rail, the seat may only be able to be moved forward and not backward. Toyota said it was not aware of any injuries or accidents from the problem.
The 2006-2010 Yaris hatchback, 2007-2010 Yaris sedan and 2008-2010 Scion xD are included. The passenger's seat is similarly affected on three-door Yaris hatchback models. Dealers will replace the seat rails at a later date. Details on both these recalls can be found at www.toyota.com/recall or by calling 1 800-331-4331.
Other Toyota models have problems with windshield wiper motors, instrument panel brackets and starter relays. None of these models are sold in the U.S.
Last month, Toyota recalled 119,140 Avalon sedans to fix airbags that can deploy without warning. That recall expanded upon the January 2013 recall of 752,000 Corolla and Matrix models from 2003-2004 for the same problem, including accidental triggering of the seatbelt pretensioners. In February, Toyota recalled at least 2.16 million cars worldwide — including 711,000 Prius models in the U.S. — for hybrid systems and safety aids such as ABS that could shut down while driving.
In October, Toyota recalled 803,000 cars for faulty airbags that could deploy inadvertently or not at all. In August, along with five other automakers, Toyota recalled about 170,000 cars in the U.S. for airbags that could rupture and injure passengers in a crash.
Update, 11:22 a.m: Affected U.S. models now eight instead of seven, due to Toyota's official double-counting of the Yaris as two separate models (hatchback and sedan).
How about the driver side visor that keeps falling down at the wrong moment? Have almost rear-ended a few cars. Not a safety issue? Seriously?!!!
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