Vehicles Affected: Approximately 19,400 model-year 2012 Toyota Avalon sedans
The Problem: Due to a service part manufacturing error at a Toyota supplier, some Avalons may have had a front seat belt inner buckle replaced with one that does not correctly identify if the seat belt is buckled. This could affect how the airbag system determines the appropriate airbag deployment method in a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant where the front seat belt inner buckle was replaced.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the front seat belt inner buckles and replace them with new ones, as necessary, for free.
What Owners Should Do: Toyota will begin notifying owners by first-class mail in mid-September. Owners can call the automaker at 800-331-4331, 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.
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