Toyota is recalling some 17,000 vehicles in two separate recalls to address issues surrounding brake actuators and seat-belt positioning.
The first recall affects 2016 Lexus ES 350 sedans (roughly 12,400) and RX 350 crossovers (90), and 2016 Toyota RAV4 compact utilities (4,170). It seems from a problem with the Brake Actuator assembly that may have a component damaged during manufacturing, which would prevent the actuator from working properly.
The actuator enhances brake control for various important driving safety systems such as antilock brakes, traction control and vehicle stability control, among others, and its failure could naturally lead to loss of vehicle control during emergency situations and a resultant crash.
The second recall involves 230 Toyota Siennas also from 2016 model year. The minivans may have been equipped with incorrect front seatbelt height adjuster assemblies on the B-pillars. In the event of a crash, the assemblies may break loose from their mounts, which would mean seat occupants would not be properly restrained and increase the risk or severity of injuries suffered in the crash.
Toyota is not aware of any incidents or injuries arising from either problem, and is asking owners to return their vehicles to the nearest dealership for inspection and replacement of the faulty parts and components. Owners will be contacted by mail, or they can check online at toyota.com/recall or at safercar.gov/vin by entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Customers can also call Toyota Customer Service at (800) 331-4331 or Lexus Customer Experience at (800) 255-3987.