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139,000 Toyota Cars, SUVs and EVs: Recall Alert

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 139,000 model-year 1998-2000 Toyota RAV4 SUVs, model-year 1998-99 RAV4 EV electric SUVs, model-year 1998-99 Celica coupes and model-year 1997-98 Supra coupes

The Problem: Manufactured without appropriate seals, front driver-side Takata airbag inflators with non-azide propellant, or NADI, may allow air and moisture to leak into the inflators over an extended period, causing propellant degradation and an abnormal deployment in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Unrelated to the better-known Takata crisis that has plagued automaker lineups for most of the past decade, this issue with NADI inflators predates the non-desiccated ammonium-nitrate propellant that was at the root of the larger Takata recall. It is, however, related to sizable recalls that BMW announced in December and Honda announced Jan. 21.

The Fix: A remedy is currently under development.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota will begin notifying owners by late March. Owners can call Toyota at 888-270-9371, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. Click here to schedule a free recall repair at your local dealership.

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