Toyota is recalling about 58,500 Camry and Avalon sedans from model year 2016 to address an issue with the passenger side front airbag seat sensor.
Affecting 41,630 Camrys and 16,880 Avalons, the problem stems from the Occupant Classification System (OCS), which calibrates the weight of the occupant in the passenger-side front seat and deactivates the deployment of the airbags if the weight threshold is not met (some passengers of smaller frame are best protected by not having the airbag deploy in a crash, and for cost effectiveness you don’t want them going off in a crash if there is nobody in the seat).
In the production of some models, the OCS may not have been calibrated properly, which means that the front bag and the knee bag may not deploy as they are designed to do in a crash of certain severity. This would increase the risk of injury to the occupant of the seat, although Toyota is not aware of any incidents or resulting injuries due to the issue.
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail and asked to return their vehicles to a Toyota dealership for recalibration of the OCS. Owners can also check the status of their vehicles at Toyota.com/recall or at safercar.gov/vin, or they can call Toyota Customer Service at (800) 331-4331.