GM leads recall mess, toyota follows suit


Toyota is rolling out a mega-recall of about 6.4 million vehicles that addresses conditions that include air bags and seat rails. Inside a sharp contrast to how General Motors put off and mishandled corrections to an ignition switch in small cars over the last decade, Toyota appears to be far more responsive-perhaps motivated with the $1.2 billion penalty recently levied from the company for concealing information related to unintended acceleration risks.

The largest campaign in this series for the United states market involves 1.3 million vehicles with a potential air bag cable problem, affecting: 2009-2010 Corolla, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2006-2008 RAV4, 2009-2010 Tacoma, and 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles.

The concern requires the spiral cable assembly (also called a clock spring) that connects the driver’s air bag module in the steering wheel. Toyota has determined that the electric connections between the spiral cable along with the control module can become damaged. This could make the air bag warning light to illuminate and the air bag may malfunction.

In January, the automaker asked its dealers to report air bag performance concerns among all Toyotas, including unintended deployment. Clearly, the company was collecting data to aid its assessment. Inspite of the scale of the investigation, this recall focuses on just a small portion of the total Toyota population.

Toyota is likewise recalling 472,500 2006-2010 Yaris and 2008-2010 Scion xD cars to address the potential for the spring in the seat-lock mechanism for front seats to break. The concern is that the break could lead the seat moving freely on the seat rail in the event of an accident, thereby increasing injury risk.

The other three recalls-steering column, windshield wiper motors, and starter motors-are strictly for other markets.

Once corrections have been prepared. owners is going to be notified

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