Toyota and GM Issue Recall

Vehicles Affected: Nearly 250,000 model-year 2002-05 Lexus SC luxury coupes and Toyota Sequoia SUVs, and 2003-05 Tundra pickup trucks, Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks, and Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks, all originally sold or currently registered in high-humidity areas of southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa.

The Problem: The front passenger airbag inflators are susceptible to rupture in a crash, necessitating the deployment of the front passenger airbag. The inflator could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike and seriously injure the passenger-seat occupant or others.

The Fix: Toyota will notify owners of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, and GM will notify owners of Pontiac vehicles. Dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflator for free. As an interim measure if a replacement is not available, the dealer will disable the front passenger airbag and advise owners not to use the front passenger seat until a replacement inflator is installed. Toyota will begin notifying owners around Oct. 25; GM has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners of Toyota and Lexus vehicles can call Toyota at 800-331-4331, and owners of Pontiac Vibes can call GM at 800-521-7300. Owners can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

2 Comments
  1. Leland Harrell 3 years ago

    I can’t trust the automakers to produce defect-free products, how can I trust and rely on their recall notices? Regarding safety, how do I test airbag deployment before I crash? Who is working on eliminating tens of millions more recalls in the future?

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      Michele Sanders 3 years ago

      Recalls are just a way of life and although they get a lot of publicity, there are WAY more cars out there that are not recalled.

      Even as bad as this year has been, it’s only 20% of the cars on the road. Everyone is running scared and over-recalling right now.

      The recalls are costly, I fully expect the automakers to find a better way to build cars. Thanks for listening.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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