By Colleen Kave, J.D.
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. has recalled approximately 482,000 model year 2010-2012 Prius, 2010 and 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrids, and 2011 and 2012 Lexus CT 200h vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with curtain shield air bags (CSA) in the driver and passenger side roof rails that have air bag inflators composed of two chambers welded together. Some inflators could have a small crack in the weld area joining the chambers, which could grow over time, and lead to the separation of the inflator chambers. This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time. If an inflator separates, the CSA could partially inflate, and, in limited circumstances, one or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury to any occupants present (Toyota Press Release, June 28, 2016).
Remedy. All known owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail. Toyota and Lexus dealers will install retention brackets on the curtain shield air bag inflators at no cost. These retention brackets are designed to prevent the inflator chambers from entering the vehicle interior if separation occurs.
Contact information. Owners may contact Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987. They can also look up their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)at http://www.toyota.com/recall. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Companies: Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
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