Toyota Motor Corporation is recalling nearly 1 million vehicles in the United States due to a faulty sensor that could prevent passenger airbags from deploying in a crash. The recall affects 15 different models from 2020 to 2022, including popular options like the Toyota Camry, RAV4, Sienna, and Lexus RX350 and ES350.
The issue concerns the Occupant Classification System (OCS) sensor, which detects whether someone is sitting in the front passenger seat. Improperly manufactured sensors may short circuit, disabling the airbag in the event of a collision. While Toyota hasn’t reported any injuries related to the glitch, the potential safety risk prompted the recall.
Affected vehicle owners will be notified by mail and urged to schedule a free repair at their local Toyota or Lexus dealership. Technicians will inspect the OCS sensor and replace it if necessary. The total time for the repair is estimated to be around 30 minutes.
For a complete list of affected models and VIN numbers, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website or contact Toyota or Lexus customer service. Drivers can also enter their vehicle identification number (VIN) on the Toyota or Lexus recall websites to confirm if their car is included.
This recall highlights the importance of staying informed about vehicle safety issues and addressing them promptly. By acting quickly, Toyota aims to rectify the glitch and ensure the safety of its customers on the road.