Toyota Recall Avalon, Corolla, and Matrix Models Due to Defective Airbag

January 24, 2020

Toyota has issued a recall affecting over 400,000 vehicles in Canada because of a faulty circuit that could cause the airbag to fail in the event of a crash.

Date of recall: January 17, 2020

Vehicles affected

This recall affects the 2012-18 Avalon, 2011-19 Corolla and 2011-14 Matrix, of which 407,318 are affected in Canada, plus another 2.9 million in the United States. 

What’s the problem?

The airbag control module has circuits that might be damaged in the event of a collision or crash. If that were to happen, the airbag control unit wouldn’t deploy the airbag or tighten seat belt pretensioners, increasing the risk of serious injury. Toyota says this glitch would be a rare occurrence but is taking steps to deal with it because it’s more likely in severe collisions. 

The automaker has noted there may have been “potential” accidents related to the defect, but hasn’t confirmed any number yet. 

What’s the fix?

Dealers will inspect the airbag assembly and will install an electronic noise filter in the wiring system to prevent the control module from getting damaged. The repair and replacement will be done free of charge.

What do you do?

Toyota will notify affected owners by mail with instructions on taking their vehicle to a dealer for repair. 

Enter your VIN at this link to learn more about this recall and find out if there are other Service Actions related to your vehicle.


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