Why Did Toyota Issue an Air Bag Recall in 2014?


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Toyota issued several air bag recalls in 2014. This includes the June follow-up for a safety recall made in 2013, a worldwide recall for more than 1 million Toyota vehicles in April and the Takata airbag recall in October ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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In June 2015, Toyota renotified the owners of recalled vehicles in 2013, including certain model years of 2003 to 2004 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix and Tundra, 2002 to 2004 Sequoia and 2002 to 2004 Lexus SC 430. The recall addressed the defective front-passenger airbag inflators that may deploy abnormally during a crash. The first recall in 2013 and the follow-up recall in 2014 involved 766,300 units.

Toyota announced in April 2014 that it is recalling 1.3 million cars, including specific units from the 2009 to 2010 Toyota Corolla and Tacoma, 2008 to 2010 Highlander, 2006 to 2010 Yaris and 2006 to 2008 RAV4. Toyota recalled the units because of an electrical connection that may deactivate the airbag and cause it to deactivate in the event of a crash.

In October 2014, the NHTSA advised Toyota and five other automakers to recall all car units preinstalled with the defective Takata airbag. The airbag may deploy with too much force, which may cause some metal parts to break and injure the passenger. Toyota expanded the recall in 2015.

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