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2.9 Million Toyota Cars and Hybrids: Recall Alert

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 2.9 million model-year 2011-19 Toyota Corolla cars, model-year 2011-13 Matrix hatchbacks, model-year 2012-18 Avalon sedans and model-year 2013-18 Avalon Hybrid sedans

The Problem: During certain crashes, the airbag electronic control unit may malfunction, possibly disabling the deployment of the airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners and increasing the risk of injury.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the ECU and install a noise filter between the airbag control module and its wire harness, as necessary, for free.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota will begin notifying owners March 17. 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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