Toyota Issues a Recall and Stop-Sale for the Grand Highlander and Lexus TX

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Toyota’s largest and newest SUVs have only been on sale for a little while now, but the automaker has issued a stop-sale and recall on the Grand Highlander and Lexus TX for an issue that could cause the driver’s side curtain airbag to deploy incorrectly.

The automaker said it would reach out to owners by mid-August and noted that it does not yet have a fix for the problem. Toyota announced the recall yesterday and it has not yet made it to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, but the automaker has issued a press release on its website. The issue can occur when the driver’s window is rolled down and can cause the airbag not to deploy as intended.

The recall impacts around 145,000 vehicles built at Toyota’s plant in Indiana. Though Toyota has sold tens of thousands of Grand Highlanders and Lexus has moved almost 19,000 TXs so far this year, the stop-sale order means that any unsold inventory will have to sit until August when the fix is ready.

If you own a Grand Highlander or TX, there’s no requirement to stop driving it, but it might be a good idea to keep your driver’s window closed. Part of the problem driving the recall is that improper airbag deployment could cause the vehicles to fall out of compliance with ejection headform displacement requirements, which could mean the airbag may fail to protect you in a severe crash.

[Images: Toyota/Lexus]

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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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  • Bd2 Bd2 on Jun 25, 2024

    Of course Anal will pollute this thread (7 posts and counting) by pretending to be an annoying H/K proponent (when he actually despises them).

    As for the GH/TX - not a big deal, this kind of stuff happens.

  • Chiefmonkey Chiefmonkey on Jun 25, 2024

    TX is just a terrible name lol. A company with the heritage of Lexus can do better.

  • FreedMike Not much to look at, but these were sweet to drive.
  • EBFlex Ford finally making a good decision although they should shut down their EV operations and investment all together. Why lose that money too?
  • Mike Lol. This is the king of suvs. And its made by GM.Why is everyone trashing it?Top of its its class for a quarter century.
  • Frank Drove past there last week, plant has a huge poster of a bronco on the outside. I was thinking "Is that where they build the new broncos?" I know they use to make the Edge and that other mundane SUV there but I believe both have been canned.
  • CanadaCraig Toyota saw this coming. So good for them for being courageous enough to say, "Wait a minute. Let's not rush into anything."