Toyota issued a recall for its 2015 to 2017 Yaris hatchback models. According to Consumer Reports, 43,221 Yaris vehicles must undergo recall repairs due to a defective wiring system that could prevent the side and curtain airbags from inflating in the event of a collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is overseeing Toyota’s recall program. The affected cars were manufactured between June of 2014 and January of 2017. The NHTSA did not release information reporting on the number of injuries passengers of these cars sustained when the side and curtain airbags failed to deploy
Toyota determined the cause of the Yaris’ faulty side and curtain airbag system. Consumer Reports indicated that the NHTSA announced that the wires connecting the side crash sensors to the side and curtain airbags are stowed in the doors of the vehicle. Consumer Reports indicated that the wires could fail and corrode over time as a consequence of the problems Toyota encountered during the manufacturing and installation phase of the recalled cars. The side and curtain airbags will not deploy in the event of a crash if the wires have corroded. Naturally, any malfunction in the airbag in the car could cause the passengers to sustain a severe bodily injury or die in a crash. It is important to note that Toyota did not comment on the number of injuries or crashes that involved the failing airbag safety system.
Toyota will repair or replace the wire harness connecting the sensor to the airbags. Toyota will not charge its customers for repairs, parts, or service. Additionally, Toyota will replace faulty wiring in both side doors if necessary. The recall campaign has not commenced at this time. Toyota said that it would send appropriate notice to owners and lessees of the recalled cars beginning in mid-June of 2019. Any further information may be found on the NHTSA website.
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