Car Safety

Lexus RX recalled to fix knee airbag

Roughly 5,000 RX 350 and RX 450h models are victims of faulty assembly

Driver's side knee airbag

Toyota is recalling about 5,000 Lexus RX crossover utility vehicles to fix an airbag problem.

No, it’s not related to the Takata airbag inflator problem that has affected some 41 million vehicles worldwide, but rather a driver’s knee airbag Toyota says may not have been up to manufacturing standards, which could cause it to fail when it’s needed in a crash and raise the risk of extensive leg injuries.

Not much else is known about the problem — its specifics, the manufacturer of the part, etc. — which affects the 2016 RX 350 and RX 450h models, other than Toyota’s release that it is conducting a safety recall and contacting affected owners by mail, asking them to take their vehicles to Lexus dealerships for inspection and, if necessary, replacement of the airbag assembly.

The company says it is not aware of any incidents or injuries, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not yet have any particulars on its website.

Although owners are not yet able to search the NHTSA recall database (safercar.cov/vin) to see if their vehicles are affected by this particular recall, they can check on www.toyota.com/recall or by calling (800) 255-3987.

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