By David Thomas on November 6, 2012
Toyota is recalling 11,200 of its small Scion iQ cars from the 2012 and 2013 model years because of a potential problem with the weight sensor cables, which are part of the safety system that deploys airbags and seat belt pretensioners, according to the automaker.
The sensors are located in the seat assembly, and the cables for these sensors can come into contact with foreign objects like loose coins or trash and become damaged. If damaged, the safety system may not operate properly or at all when needed in a crash.
The company says there have been no crashes or injuries related to the defect.
Toyota will inspect the front seats and the weight cable sensors and install new protective covers over the sensors to fix the problem.
Owners will be contacted by Toyota starting in early December with instructions on having the recall remedied. The repair should take approximately an hour, according to Toyota.
Concerned owners can call Scion at 866-707-2466 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more information.
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