Another massive recall because of faulty airbags announced.
The airbag vows are still not over for the car industry. Toyota today announced in the United States that it is conducting a safety recall of approximately 482,000 Model Year 2010 - 2012 Prius, 2010 and 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrids and 2011 and 2012 Lexus CT 200h cars.
This new airbag related recall is for a change not related to Takata. It is also not affecting the front airbags.
The involved vehicles are equipped with curtain shield air bags (CSA) in the driver and passenger side roof rails that have air bag inflators composed of two chambers welded together.
Some inflators could have a small crack in the weld area joining the chambers, which could grow over time, and lead to the separation of the inflator chambers.
This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time. If an inflator separates, the CSA could partially inflate, and, in limited circumstances, one or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle. If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury.
All known owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail. Toyota and Lexus dealers will install retention brackets on the curtain shield air bag inflators at no cost. These retention brackets are designed to prevent the inflator chambers from entering the vehicle interior if separation occurs.
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World-wide this new Toyota recall affects over 1.4 million cars.