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Saturday 3 December 2016
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Toyota Recalls 3.4 Million Cars Over Fuel Tanks, Airbags

Toyota Recalls 3.4 Million Cars Over Fuel Tanks, Airbags

Two big recalls to pass along from Toyota.

The automaker is recalling about 13.4 million cars worldwide to repair two different issues. One involves leaky fuel tanks. The other involves curtain airbag inflators that may develop cracks and injure occupants.

The largest recall involves leaky fuel tanks. According to Bloomberg, Toyota says the fuel emissions control canisters could crack and leak when vehicles have a full tank of gas. The recall includes Prius hybrids and Corollas built between April 2006 and August 2015.

The airbag issue impacts nearly 500,000 Prius hybrids and Lexus CT in the US. They were produced from October 2008 to April 2012. (It is not related to the Takata airbag recall.)

In this case, the Autoliv Inc.-supplied curtain airbags can crack and partially inflate in parked vehicles. According to Automotive News, Autoliv is aware of a handful of cases where this happened in parked Prius cars. Temperature swings may be a factor. Investigators think a bracket may weaken (possibly due to vibration, heat, and humidity) over time. This in turn may cause stored gas to leak and inadvertently deploy the airbag.

Toyota says it’s not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths related to either issue. About 932,000 vehicles in the U.S. are involved in both recalls.

Photo Credit: Toyota