Toyota Canada has not yet released any official statements regarding the airbag recall in the media this morning, but from the media conference this morning, we have ascertained that Toyota will be recalling roughly 75,000 vehicles in Canada – specifically the 2003 Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia and Tundra. Edit: We have updated this post to include the press release from Toyota Canada below.
Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight says that they believe a number of these vehicles were built using the Takata airbag system that is causing the problem, but as it was not used in all vehicles, they will be inspecting all of these vehicles. Worldwide, Toyota only knows of five reports of faulty airbag deployment, but there have been no injuries or deaths related to the issue. “The airbags are not inadvertently deploying, these were all in crashes,” said Knight.
Takata Corporation of Japan, the airbag manufacturer, says that the recall affects other automakers as well, including non-Japanese manufacturers. The problem occured due to two human errors during production. A worker forgot to turn on a switch for a system that identifies faulty products, and parts had not been stored properly, which had exposed them to humidity.
Here is the official press release from Toyota Canada:
Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Vehicles for the Front Passenger Airbag
TORONTO, Ontario, April 11, 2013 – Toyota Canada Inc., announced that it will conduct a safety recall involving approximately 75,000 front passenger airbag inflators installed in several vehicle models.
The involved vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers. Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture and the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally in the event of a crash.
The recall potentially affects certain model year 2003 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, and Tundra vehicles and model year 2002 and 2003 Lexus SC 430 vehicles.
Owners of vehicles subject to this recall will receive an owner notification letter by first class mail. The recall remedy will involve inspection of the front passenger air bag, and, if it is equipped with an affected inflator, the inflator will be replaced with a newly manufactured one at no charge to the owner.
Information is available to customers at the Toyota Customer Interaction Centre at 1 888-TOYOTA-8 (1-888-869-6828), or Lexus of Canada at1-800-26-LEXUS (1-800-265-3987).
Here at Sun Toyota on Whyte, we are encouraging our customers to contact us at their earliest convenience so that we can ensure that their vehicle is operating as safely as possible!
Source: Toyota Canada