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Faulty Airbags on Toyota’s

Posted on January 29, 2013

 

Toyota FJ Cruiser

Toyota FJ Cruiser (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Toyota distributor is recalling 3,235 cars in select states. According to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the specific reason for these recalls is airbag sensors that may malfunction.
Southeast Toyota Distributors of Deerfield Beach, Fla., one of several regional distributors that import and prep Toyotas, may not have calibrated the airbag weight sensors. These problems can be found in the front passenger seats of certain 2009-2013 Toyota models. Fortunately only models sold in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia are affected. Specifically it is only those equipped with seat covers, seat heaters or headrest-mounted LCD screens. No Lexus or Scion models are affected.

The problem is that in an accident, the passenger-side airbag may deploy improperly. The weight sensors determine whether to deploy the airbag if it detects the seat is empty or if a small child is sitting up front. Toyota, is not issuing this specific recall. This is because the distributor is responsible for installing factory accessories. These can include products such as rear DVD entertainment systems, on these vehicles. The distributor said the problem was limited to two employees. Unfortunately the employees were not using the required calibration tools.

The vehicles are as follows: 2009-2012 Tacoma, 4Runner, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Prius and RAV4, 2009-2010 Avalon, FJ Cruiser and Highlander,  Hybrid 2010-2013 Corolla, Sienna and Tundra, 2009-2013 Highlander and Venza, 2012 Prius V, 2010-2012 Sequoia

The Dealers will be inspecting and recalibrating these airbag sensors at the beginning of this month. Southeast Toyota Distributors can be reached at 1-954-429-2000, or Toyota can be reached at 1-800-331-4331.

If you or a loved one have been personally injured due to a faulty product such as an airbag, it is necessary to seek legal counsel. These products can cause serious accidents and even death. For more information on these types of cases visit the Accident Attorney’s Group and put a fighter in your corner.

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