Toyota Corolla Cross Recalled for Potential Issue With Front Passenger Airbag
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.
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