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Recalls: 119,000 Toyota Avalon sedans for faulty airbags

Airbags can deploy without warning; recall expands on 2013 recall of Corolla and Matrix models.

By Exhaust Notes Mar 31, 2014 6:29AM
Toyota is recalling 119,140 Avalon sedans to fix airbags that can deploy without warning, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2003-2004 Avalon has an airbag control module that can short due to "electrical noise" and potentially deploy the airbags for no reason. The recall expands 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. At the time of the Corolla and Matrix recall, Toyota said it had received a "few field technical reports" of the same problems occurring with Avalon models but decided the number of complaints was too low to warrant a recall.

Later, Toyota found electrical noise problems on at least three Avalon models and found that moving the power seat could cause "electrical overstress" to the airbag module and cause it to fail.
Dealers will install noise filters between the airbag module and the wiring harness starting at a later date. Owners can call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

[Source: NHTSA]
109Comments
Mar 31, 2014 8:39AM
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ALL auto manufacturers has flaws in their vehicles.  
Mar 31, 2014 10:44AM
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And here come the "I have owned a Toyota.... with a gazillion miles on it, never had a problem comments". Yet any time I say I have owned Ford products with a gazillion miles and no problems.. It just can't happen..  Or if a GM or Dodge person says they have had great service with their vehicles, it just can't be... Face it, Toyota is not the poster child for reliability any more..
Mar 31, 2014 8:55AM
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I have owned two toyota's and they have been trouble free for over three hundred thousand miles each.
Mar 31, 2014 7:52AM
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Had a 2009 Corolla at 69000 mi I was told I needed a new transmission. Never again some fanboys can't accept they've gone way downhill though (see below)
Mar 31, 2014 10:27AM
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I have a 1997 Toyota Avalon that has 360,000 miles on it and I have NEVER done any major repairs on it. I also have a 2002 Lexus (made by Toyota) that has over 200,000 miles on it and also have never done anything than regular maintenance. I am a die hard Toyota fan
Mar 31, 2014 10:03AM
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GM once paid off my mother in law for an accident she had.  Her gas peddle was stuck, she hit a pole. She had NO floormats in her 2004 Pontiac Grand Am.

 

It's funny how we are unable to comment on auto articles pertaining to GM, but comments are open to Toyota.

Mar 31, 2014 9:34AM
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HOW ABOUT THE FRIGGIN GAS GUAGE ON THE YARIS THAT SAYS 1/2 TANK THEM YOU RUN OUT ON THE INTERSTATE OR THE CD PLAYER THAT QUITS AFTER 2 YRS AND BOTH THESE ITEMS ARE TO COST AROUND 500.00 TO REPLACE!!!!!!!!!
Mar 31, 2014 9:25AM
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If I hang a heavy key chain on it, will that increase the reliability of the airbag?
Mar 31, 2014 10:00AM
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You asked for it you got it TOYOTA.
Mar 31, 2014 7:38AM
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