Recalls: 119,000 Toyota Avalon sedans for faulty airbags
Airbags can deploy without warning; recall expands on 2013 recall of Corolla and Matrix models.
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.
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.
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