A defect in several Toyota models has prompted a recall of one million vehicles due to concerns that the issue may prevent airbags from deploying in the event of a crash. The recall affects various models, including 2020-2022 Avalons, Camrys, Highlanders, RAV4s, Siennas, Corollas, and some hybrid versions. Lexus models, such as the ES250 sedan and RX350 SUV, are also included in the recall.
The problem originates from a fault in the sensors located in the front passenger seat, which may not have been manufactured correctly. These sensors could experience a short circuit, leading to inaccurate recognition of the person’s weight in the seat. Consequently, the airbag may fail to deploy as intended in specific types of crashes.
To address the issue, dealerships will inspect the Occupant Classification System (OCS) sensors, and if necessary, they will replace them at no cost to the vehicle owners. Those affected will receive notifications via letter starting in February. Owners of Toyota vehicles included in the recall can contact the company at 1-800-331-4331 for more information, while Lexus owners may call 1-800-255-3987.