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Recall Roundup: Toyota Issues Multiple Recalls to Address Faulty Air Bag Systems

Recall Roundup: Toyota Issues Multiple Recalls to Address Faulty Air Bag Systems

By Jeff Youngs,

Of the approximately 687,000 vehicles that were recalled during the past week, Toyota Motor manufactured the lion's share (GM recalled nearly 50,000 units of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup). Most of the Toyota recalls--dating back to the 2003 model year--come on account of issues with the front passenger air bag. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.


2015 Chevrolet Colorado
2015 GMC Canyon
General Motors (GM) is recalling 49,980 model-year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks manufactured January 6, 2014, to April 1, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the hooks that secure the driver's and/or front passenger's seat frame may not have been properly attached to the vehicle body during assembly. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 207: Seating Systems. If the seat-frame attachment hooks are not secured properly, the seat may not be adequately anchored to the vehicle, and in the event of a crash, the seat occupant could be at an increased risk of an injury.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seats, correcting their installation as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 15150; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V267000.


2005-2007 Lexus SC
2005-2007 Pontiac Vibe
2005-2007 Toyota Corolla
2005-2007 Toyota Matrix
2005-2007 Toyota Sequoia
2005-2006 Toyota Tundra
Toyota Motor (Toyota) is recalling approximately 300,000 model-year 2005-2007 Lexus SC, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Toyota Sequoia, and Pontiac Vibe, and 2005-2006 Toyota Tundra vehicles that were originally sold, or ever registered, in Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, and American Samoa. The inflators in the front passenger air bags are susceptible to rupture or abnormal deployment in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the front passenger air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture, with metal fragments striking the passenger-seat occupant or other occupants, or the air bag may deploy abnormally, increasing the risk of injury to the front passenger-seat occupant.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side front air bag free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac Vibe owners may contact GM at 1-800-762-2737, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V286000. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 14V-655.


2004-2005 Toyota RAV4
Toyota is recalling 159,700 model-year 2004-2005 Toyota RAV4 vehicles manufactured May 13, 2003, to October 25, 2005. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion, which could cause the inflator to rupture or the air bag to deploy abnormally. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture, with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants. Additionally, the air bag may deploy abnormally, increasing the risk of injury to the driver.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag free of charge. Owners will be notified by mid-July 2015. An interim notice will be mailed if parts are not available at that time. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V284000.


2003-2004 Toyota Sequoia
2003-2004 Toyota Tundra
Toyota is recalling 176,631 model-year 2004 Sequoia vehicles manufactured August 18, 2003, to August 19, 2004, and 2003-2004 Tundra vehicles manufactured March 18, 2003, to August 25, 2004, to address a safety defect in the passenger-side frontal air bag inflator that may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. This recall addresses both the passenger-side frontal air bags that were originally installed in the vehicles as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement air bag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger-side frontal air bag. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture, with metal fragments striking the passenger-seat occupant or other occupants.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V285000. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 14V-312.


2015 Toyota Sienna
Toyota is recalling 262 model-year 2015 Sienna vehicles manufactured September 1, 2014, to April 13, 2015, and equipped with overhead entertainment accessories installed by the vehicle distributor. During reassembly of the interior after the overhead entertainment system installation, a trim panel securing clip may have been reused instead of being replaced. If the clip was damaged during the entertainment system installation, in the event of a side curtain air bag deployment, the trim panel may detach and strike one of the vehicle occupants.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the trim panel securing clip free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 15, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-866-405-4226. Toyota's number for this recall is SET15B; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V236000.


2015 Toyota Sienna
In a separate action involving the 2015 Sienna, Toyota is recalling 387 model-year 2015 Toyota Sienna minivans manufactured January 23, 2015, to April 13, 2015, and equipped with non-Toyota-brand overhead entertainment accessories installed by the distributor. During reassembly of the interior after the overhead entertainment system installation, a trim panel securing clip may have been reused instead of being replaced. If the clip was damaged during the entertainment system installation, in the event of a side curtain air bag deployment, the trim panel may detach and strike one of the vehicle occupants.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the trim panel securing clip free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 8, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-444-1074. Toyota's number for this recall is 15R1; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V240000.

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