Toyota will recall 1.12 million vehicles worldwide due to a defect affecting their airbags.
The recall covers 2020 to 2022 model year vehicles, including various Avalon, Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Lexus ES250, ES300H, ES350, RX350 Highlander and Sienna Hybrid vehicles and may result in the Occupant Classification System (OCS) sensors not working.
A short circuit in these models’ sensors can cause their airbags to fail to deploy as designed.
The sensors ensure that the airbags do not deploy if a small adult or child is sitting in the front seat.
Toyota and Lexus, a brand owned by Toyota Motor Corporation, will inspect the OCS sensors and, if necessary, replace them at no cost to owners.
The Japanese car giant will inform customers in mid-February 2024 if their cars have been recalled.
Toyota issued a recall for 3,500 RAV4 models in the United States in July 2022 due to potential interference between internal parts that could cause the OCS sensor to incorrectly detect the occupant.
Vehicle front airbags have saved more than 50,000 lives in America over 30 years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
They have evolved over the years as older airbags would deploy in the same way for all drivers and passengers.
This would cause injury and, in rare cases, even death to children, small adults and unbelted passengers who were too close to the airbag when it deployed, the agency said.