WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to CarComplaints.com, Toyota issued a recall notice on April 26, 2019, for over 60,000 of its Yaris models sold in the United States and Canada. Toyota announced the recall because of air bail failures caused by corrosion of an airbag wire harness. Corrosion of the harness will short the system and consequently prevent the airbag from deploying in the event of a collision. The recall pertains to vehicles manufactured between 2015 and 2017. Toyota said that the recall campaign would begin in earnest in June of 2019.
CarComplaints.com did not report how Toyota learned of the problem that precipitated the recall program. The website did explain that 43,000 Yaris cars in the United States and 17,500 Yaris vehicles sold in Canada must be recalled because of a failure of the wiring that triggers that side and shield curtain airbags. Reportedly, the problem stems from corrosion in the harness wiring that links sensors in the doors to the airbags. The harnesses have a propensity to corrode over time. The corrosion can lead to airbags failing to open when needed or otherwise opening in a way that does not offer much if any protection to the occupants of the car. Drivers of the affected Yaris vehicles may be alerted to the corrosion issue if the airbag warning light illuminates on the dashboard.
Toyota will contact the owners of vehicles subject to this recall by mail. Toyota expects to begin the recall repairs in June of 2019. The company will direct owners to a Toyota dealership, and the dealership will replace the wire harness in one or both front doors of the Yaris. Toyota did not say how long the process will take. Recall repairs are performed free-of-charge by automotive companies as required by U.S. law. Customers are free to contact Toyota personally for more information about the recall and replacement.
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