Toyota Recalls 100,000 Vehicles in Canada on Airbag Concerns

Japanese carmaker Toyota announced Wednesday that it was recalling around a million Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the U.S. [Editor's note: and nearly 100,000 in Canada], citing concerns about their airbag systems.

The vehicles include some of the manufacturing giant's popular Camry, Corolla and Highlander lines, with the recall involving concerns about the sensors in the front passenger seat.

Here is the full list of affected models:

  • 2020-2021 Toyota Avalon, Avalon Hybrid
  • 2020-2022 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid
  • 2020-2021 Toyota Corolla
  • 2020-2021 Toyota Highlander, Highlander Hybrid
  • 2020-2021 Toyota RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid
  • 2021 Toyota Sienna
  • 2021 Lexus ES 250
  • 2020-2022 Lexus ES 300h
  • 2020-2021 Lexus ES 350
  • 2020-2021 Lexus RX 350
  • 2020-2021 Lexus RX 450h

These sensors "could have been improperly manufactured, causing a short circuit," the company said in a statement.

Photo: Toyota

"This would not allow the airbag system to properly classify the occupant's weight, and the airbag may not deploy as designed in certain crashes, increasing the risk of injury," it added.

Toyota said it would reach out to affected customers by mid-February, and that dealers would inspect the affected Toyota and Lexus models and replace them if necessary "at no cost to owners."

Toyota is the world's largest automotive manufacturer, and sold more than 10 million vehicles last year.

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