Explosive Recall Issued for Faulty Vehicles

Explosive Recall Issued for Faulty Vehicles

(FeaturedHeadlines.com) – Although vehicular airbags are intended to make drivers and passengers safer in the event of a crash, Japanese automaker Toyota issued a warning to tens of thousands of people with their vehicles due to the risk of the airbags shooting out metal fragments. Toyota published a “Do Not Drive” advisory for approximately 50,000 vehicles and offered free repairs for the issue.

The advisory covers certain Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and RAV4 models manufactured between 2003-2005. The airbag problem is reportedly connected to at least 30 deaths since 2009.

A part inside the airbags could “explode” and shoot sharp metal fragments if the safety device deploys, according to the advisory. Owners of impacted vehicles should not drive them unless they receive repairs, which Toyota is offering for free through local dealerships.

Toyota is notifying known owners of the impacted vehicles through a variety of means, the advisory said. People can also check if their vehicle is affected by the problem through the Toyota or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration websites.

The recall of Takata airbag inflators—the largest recall in the automotive industry’s history—covers more than 100 million products sold by more than 20 automakers. In 2014, the girlfriend of actor Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood, died after the airbag in her Honda vehicle reportedly exploded and shot out shrapnel during a minor car accident.

The advisory marks Toyota’s second problem involving airbags in recent months. In December, Toyota issued a recall for more than one million vehicles due to a sensor issue that could cause airbags not to deploy.

The December recall covered certain Avalon, Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Sienna, and Lexus models made from 2020 to 2022. Dealers will inspect and replace sensors if needed, Toyota said. The company intends to notify customers of the recall by mid-February 2024, according to the recall notice.

The recalls demonstrate that even with increased vehicular safety standards in recent decades, driving multi-thousand-pound hunks of metal remains a dangerous activity.

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