Toyota Corolla Cross Recalled for Potential Issue With Front Passenger Airbag

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The Toyota Corolla Cross is a relatively new entry to the automaker’s lineup, having debuted last year for the American market. It’s received positive reviews from critics and owners, but it’s not immune to the long arm of the NHTSA. The new crossover is the subject of a recent recall for an issue that could cause its airbags not to deploy.

Toyota is recalling 96,000 Corolla Cross models because the front passenger-side airbag may not deploy in a crash. The newer hybrid model isn’t included in the action, but both model years of the gas-only Corolla Cross are affected. The recall action is so new that the NHTSA hasn’t listed it yet. 

The issue stems from a manufacturing error that impacts the gauge cluster. Toyota recommends that no one ride in the front passenger seat until an inspection or fix can be performed. A non-deploying airbag could cause serious injury during a crash, and the failure puts the Corolla Cross in violation of federal vehicle safety laws.

Toyota will notify owners by the end of July, and it’s best not to ignore the warnings if your Corolla Cross is in the affected group. The automaker will repair the vehicle, including replacing the instrument panel, at no cost to the owners. 

[Image: Toyota]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on May 31, 2023

    Wear a seat belt.

    • Rna65689660 Rna65689660 on May 31, 2023

      Agreed. I have never understood the joy of having a loaded shotgun pointed at your head.

  • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on May 31, 2023

    Toyota Corolla Cross Recalled for Potential Issue With Front Passenger Airbag. Being Another Gray/Silver-ish CUV Appliance Clogging the Nation’s Interstates.

    And I can see the perfectly coiffed salesman with the slightly too bright bleached teeth welcoming Ed and Marge from Podunk, OH and showing them the white RAV4, and the slightly off-white Corolla Cross, to the gray Venza, to the gray/blue Highlander, to the steel gray/silver mix Grand Highlander, with the deep blue Supra hiding in shame in the corner and telling them that they are all within a few thousand dollars and a few inches of each other and no he doesn't know why they all look alike, and then Marge throwing her arms up in a fit of despair and disgust and demanding they forget it and go look at that cute Buick Envision they saw on the television. But not until after their special lunch at The Olive Garden down the road in Lima.

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    • John Williams John Williams on Aug 15, 2023

      And then Ed and Marge somehow wind up at the Kia dealership and later drive off, perplexed as all get out, behind the wheel of a Sportage.

  • TheEndlessEnigma TheEndlessEnigma on Jun 01, 2023

    I just had one of these earlier this week as a rental while on a business trip. What a completely uninteresting and forgettable appliance the "Corolla Cross" is. Rock hard seating, gutless engine, slushy transmission that pauses to allow you to reconsider your throttle inputs before grudgingly acceding to your suggestions, uninspired handling, poor visibility and "look at me I'm the same as everyone else" styling. Pretty poor effort from Toyota be will be spoken of positively because it is a Toyota, regardless of the vehicle's actual merits....or lack thereof.

    • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on Jun 01, 2023

      A good review. But people want CUVs. They are inherently more practical than a sedan or even a hatchback. And small CUVs fit the urban market, and the senior market. Despite our blue sky memories, Chev, Ford and Plymouth sedans far outsold muscle cars. The number of 'hot hatches' sold in North America paled in comparison to the number of minivans.