Toyota announced a recall of roughly 49,000 vehicles in the United States on Wednesday. Affected models include the 2016 Toyota Prius, the 2016 Lexus RX, and the 2015-2016 Lexus NX crossover. The safety issue involves the airbag systems that could fail due to an electrical problem.
Unlike the scary Takata recalls, the biggest danger here is the non-deployment of the front or side-curtain inflators. Toyota claims an open circuit could develop within the system’s sensor. If this were to occur, the airbag warning light should illuminate to indicate a failure.
While Toyota has not mentioned any injuries associated with the recall, it did point out the obvious, acknowledging that inactive safety systems can increase the risk of physical harm in the event of an accident. Concerned owners are asked to bring their vehicles to a service center where technicians can inspect the serial number of the sensors and replace them with new ones. Toyota says it will begin issuing recall notifications in late March.
The automaker recommends that all customers check their vehicle’s status by visiting Toyota’s recall page and entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Safety recall details are also available at the NHTSA’s website. For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331, or Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.