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Toyota Recalls 1 Million Vehicles in US Over Airbag Malfunction Risk

Published: 1.5.2024

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling close to 1 million vehicles from its Toyota and Lexus brands in the US due to a potential malfunction with the front passenger seat airbag sensor. The recall, announced on December 20, 2023, affects select models from 2020 to 2022, including popular offerings like the Camry, RAV4, and Highlander. 

The issue stems from their Occupant Classification System (OCS) sensors in the front passenger seat. This sensor could potentially short circuit, hindering the airbag system's ability to accurately determine the occupant's weight. In certain crash scenarios, this could lead to the airbag not being deployed as intended, increasing the risk of injury to the passenger. 

Toyota and Lexus dealers will inspect the OCS sensors in involved vehicles and replace them free of charge if necessary. The company intends to begin notifying owners by mid-February 2024. 

This recall marks the third major safety issue for Toyota in recent months, following separate actions affecting Tundra trucks and Sienna minivans. Concerns over the potential financial impact of these recalls have sent a slight ripple through the automaker's stock price, although analysts anticipate minimal long-term consequences. 

The prompt handling of this recall is necessary to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers, and Toyota's swift action should contribute to maintaining consumer confidence in the brand. 

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