On April 21, Toyota Motor Sales announced a voluntary recall of more than 300,000 sport utility vehicles because of a faulty airbag sensor assembly. Apparently, the sensors in the roll sensing curtain shield airbag system can malfunction. If one malfunctions, a warning light will appear. However, if both malfunction, the shield airbags and the seat belt pretensioner can inadvertently deploy.
Toyota has recalled 214,000 RAV4 SUVs along with 94,000 Highlander and Highlander HV SUVs. The safety recall specifically affects 2007 and 2008 model year vehicles sold in the United States. Toyota dealers will replace the roll sensing sensor assembly with a new one free of charge to the consumer.
Toyota Motor Sales states that other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are not involved in the recall. Because vehicles sold outside North America do not have the roll sensing curtain shield airbag system, the recall only affects vehicles that were sold in the United States.
According to Toyota, vehicle owners will receive a notification letter via first class mail regarding the recall in May of 2011. The information will also be posted on their website. More information on the recall can be obtained by visiting their website at toyota.com/recall or by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.