Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling approximately 1.3 million vehicles because their airbags may not deploy in the event of a crash. The recall affects 2009-2010 model-year Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Tacoma, 2006-2008 RAV4 and 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles.
The driver’s airbag module in these vehicles is attached to a spiral cable assembly with electrical connections that could become damaged when the steering wheel is turned, Toyota said. If this occurs, the airbag warning lamp will illuminate. In addition, the driver’s airbag could become deactivated, causing it to fail in the event of a crash.
Toyota said it is not aware of any injuries or fatalities caused by this condition.
The automaker is currently preparing a remedy for the defect. Dealers will replace the spiral cable with an improved one. There will be no charge for this service.
Vehicle owners can reach Toyota at 1-800-331-4331. They can reach Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.