By on February 1, 2018

2016 Toyota Prius Four - Image: Toyota

Toyota announced a recall of roughly 49,000 vehicles in the United States on Wednesday. Affected models include the 2016 Toyota Prius, the 2016 Lexus RX, and the 2015-2016 Lexus NX crossover. The safety issue involves the airbag systems that could fail due to an electrical problem.

Unlike the scary Takata recalls, the biggest danger here is the non-deployment of the front or side-curtain inflators. Toyota claims an open circuit could develop within the system’s sensor. If this were to occur, the airbag warning light should illuminate to indicate a failure. 

While Toyota has not mentioned any injuries associated with the recall, it did point out the obvious, acknowledging that inactive safety systems can increase the risk of physical harm in the event of an accident. Concerned owners are asked to bring their vehicles to a service center where technicians can inspect the serial number of the sensors and replace them with new ones. Toyota says it will begin issuing recall notifications in late March.

The automaker recommends that all customers check their vehicle’s status by visiting Toyota’s recall page and entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Safety recall details are also available at the NHTSA’s website. For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331, or Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.

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6 Comments on “Toyota Recalling Late-model Prius and Specific Lexus SUVs...”

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    Fake news. The real story? A 2017 Prius in Calabasas, California caught sight of itself in a mirror, decided it was too ugly to live, and killed itself, stranding the driver.

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      The recall will install a suicide-prevention hotline in lieu of OnStar, and the sound system will play a lecture on the social construction of ‘beauty’ whenever sensors indicate self doubt.

      My friend has one. He calls it “the Pious” because of the astounding fuel economy. He went from building high HP corvettes in his youth to driving like the worst stereotype of a Prius driver (as in really slow, though he’s never an incapable driver).

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    Every time I start my Hemi, God kills a Prius. Or at least messes one up really bad.

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    Hey TTAC, following the link, this is a spring and summer of 2016 recall. Old news much?

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