Toyota is conducting several recalls to address a number of issues related to airbags, brakes and seatbelts in over 211,000 vehicles.
The company is adding more than 70,000 vehicles (5,369 in Canada and about 65,000 in the US) to the Takata airbag recall, dealing with propellant degradation in the airbag module, which could result in the airbag inflator rupturing and spraying metal pieces into the cabin.
The company is adding 2003-04 Corollas, 2002-03 Sequoias, 2003 Tundras and 2002-03 Lexus SCs to the list of recalled vehicles. The fix involves replacing the passenger-side airbag inflator, which had been replaced earlier on in the recall with new Takata airbags of the same design. The airbag modules are not produced by Takata. Owners will be notified early in January.
Another restraint-based recall affects the third-generation Lexus LX full-size sport-utes (2008-19), due to a seatbelt tension sensor that could result in airbags not deploying when they are needed in a crash.
On the roughly 94,500 vehicles recalled (about 89,700 in the US, including Toyota Land Cruisers, and 4,789 in Canada), the illumination of the “airbag OFF” light and the airbag warning light in the instrument cluster indicates the problem, which might also deactivate the passenger side front, knee and seat-mounted side airbag. Toyota is working on a fix and expects to contact owners in mid-February.
A third recall affects the compact Tacoma pickup, over a faulty seal on the brake master cylinder.
Affecting about 47,000 Tacomas from 2018-19 model years (roughly 44,000 in the US and 2,603 in Canada), the issue involves improper manufacturing by a parts-supplier, which could result in a brake master cylinder seal breaking down over time, resulting in a leak. When that happens, brake pedal will become soft and longer distances may be required to stop the vehicle. Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder with a new unit.
Customers can also check on their vehicles for outstanding recall actions by visiting toyota.ca/recall or lexus.ca/recall, or by calling Toyota Customer Interaction Centre at (888) 869-6828 or Lexus Customer Service at (800) 265-3987. For Takata related actions, customers are encouraged to check toyota.ca/takata or lexus.ca/takata, or call (888) 570-1675.