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Toyota, Lexus Recall 110,000 Vehicles Over Airbags

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Toyota’s latest recall affects approximately 110,000 of its vehicles and poses a serious safety issue: The airbags may not deploy in the event of a crash.

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Affected vehicles from Toyota include model-year 2023 Corolla sedans; Corolla Cross, Corolla Cross Hybrid, Highlander and Highlander Hybrid SUVs; and Tacoma pickup trucks. Model-year 2023 RX and RX hybrid SUVs as well as model-year 2024 NX and NX hybrid SUVs from Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus are also affected. The issue is with a spiral cable assembly located in the steering column, which may lose its electrical connection with the driver’s airbag. As a result, the airbag warning light will illuminate, but the airbag may not deploy in a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the driver. The recall comes not long after one from May for faulty front-passenger airbags in model-year 2022-23 Corolla Cross SUVs.

To resolve the problem, Toyota is advising owners of involved vehicles to visit a local dealer for replacement of the spiral cable, as necessary, for free. The automaker will begin notifying affected owners of the issue by early September, but those with questions in the meantime can contact Toyota at 800-331-4331, Lexus at 800-255-3987, 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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