Toyota has recently issued an urgent warning to owners of 50,000 of their vehicles, asking them not to drive their cars due to an airbag issue. The automaker stated that the affected vehicles are “involved in the Takata airbag recalls” and the airbags could potentially cause serious injury or death if they deploy.
According to Toyota, the affected vehicles include some 2003-2004 model year Corollas and Corolla Matrix cars, as well as RAV4 vehicles from the model years 2004-2005. The company has identified the specific issue as a faulty Takata airbag inflator, which could potentially explode and shoot sharp metal fragments out when the airbag is activated.
This announcement comes as part of the ongoing larger Takata airbag recall that has affected millions of vehicles across multiple automakers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported 27 fatalities and hundreds of injuries in the United States related to the faulty Takata airbag inflators.
In response to this urgent safety concern, Toyota has urged owners of the affected vehicles to not drive their cars until the necessary repairs have been made. The company has stated that the repair is free of charge and can be completed at any local Toyota dealership.
To ensure that all affected owners are informed, Toyota will be using multiple methods to contact customers on a monthly basis. The company also has information available on its website for owners to check if their vehicle is part of the recall and to schedule a repair appointment with their local dealer.
According to Toyota, the repair process should take approximately one hour for dealers to complete. The company is encouraging owners to act quickly and to not operate their affected vehicles until the repair has been completed to ensure their safety.
This latest recall is yet another blow to Toyota, which has had to recall millions of vehicles in the past due to various safety issues. In 2010, Toyota recalled over 8 million vehicles globally due to unintended acceleration concerns, causing significant damage to the company’s reputation.
However, Toyota has been praised for its handling of past recalls and for its transparency in addressing safety issues. The company’s quick response to this latest recall, urging owners to not drive their affected vehicles, demonstrates their commitment to customer safety.
The Takata airbag recall has been one of the largest and most complex recalls in automotive history, affecting millions of vehicles worldwide. The faulty air bag inflators have been linked to multiple deaths and injuries, causing alarm among car owners and regulators.
As for now, Toyota is taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of their customers by urging them to not drive their affected vehicles and to schedule a repair appointment as soon as possible. The company continues to work closely with regulators and Takata to find a permanent solution for this safety concern, but in the meantime, they are committed to keeping their customers safe.
Owners of the affected Toyota vehicles are advised to contact their local dealership or the company’s customer service hotline for more information and to schedule a repair appointment. Toyota has assured its customers that they are prioritizing the safety and well-being of their customers and will continue to provide regular updates on the situation.