Toyota is recalling 213,825 2007 – ’08 Toyota RAV4s and 94,023 2008 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid models in the U.S. because the side-curtain airbags and seat belt pretensioners can be activated inadvertently, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “Inadvertent curtain airbag activation and / or seatbelt pre-tensioners may injure vehicle occupants,” NHTSA said in its relation to the recall problem.
In other documents filed with the federal government, Toyota said it had received “some reports of minor injuries ” linked to the recall.
“In March 2011, Toyota has received information indicating that a (curtain airbags), inadvertently distributed and that the driver had an injury in the incident,” Toyota said in the documentation that explains the reason for initiating the recall.
“It seems that the client may have been cut in the palm belt safety belt when portrayed with high-speed movement along with activation of the belt pretensioner. ” Last Thursday, Toyota released a statement on the recall before posting the NHTSA. “In the curtain airbag system roll-detection vehicles subject, there are two sensors in the assembly of airbag sensors, which are designed to detect the angle of rolling the vehicle,” the statement said.
“If one of these failures of sensors, the airbag warning light (malfunction indicator light) lights up and the rollover detection system shall be suspended, however, is still available, the airbag in a side impact, if both sensors fail almost simultaneously after.
initial check of the airbag system, pre-seat belt tensioners and curtain airbags could be inadvertently activated. “Toyota dealers will replace the roll of the sensor. The recall is expected to begin in mid-May.
Toyota said no other vehicle for Toyota Lexus or are involved in the recall. Owners may contact Toyota (800) 331-4331 or visit www.toyota.com / recall.