If you own a hybrid vehicle from Toyota in the United States or Japan, you should check out the latest press release from the carmaker. Toyota has announced a massive recall of 191,000 hybrid vehicles due to an issue of defective airbags. The company would be recalling the vehicles, examining them and fixing defective air-bag systems that may not work under critical conditions. In the most practical sense, the airbag system used in many of the recalled vehicles won’t function even when the person is met with an accident. According to an official spokesperson, only certain vehicles have been affected.
According to an official source that talked to FOX Business, a number of cars from 2003 to 2008 Corolla and 2005 to 2008 Matrix models have been affected. It should be noted that not every Corolla or Matrix vehicle that was manufactured during the period is not affected. Instead, at least some of the vehicles have a slight problem of the airbags not functioning as they are expected to. “If one of these airbags deploys, there is a possibility that it could be damaged. Such damage could cause the airbag to not properly inflate, and this could increase the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash,” Toyota was quoted saying in an official statement.
One thing the company has not revealed is whether the defective airbags were responsible for accidents or deaths in the past. However, considering the fact that non-functional airbags have been causing a number of accidents, that assumption would not be completely wrong. In the United States alone, the recall would be impacting 135,000 vehicles, making it a nightmare for those who drive Toyota Corolla or Matrix with the manufacturing year of 2003 to 2008 and 2005 to 2008. Toyota said the drivers would receive an intimation via email.