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Toyota recalling 60,000 new Camrys, Avalons for air bag defect

  • COURTESY TOYOTA USA The 2015 - 2016 Toyota Camry SE.

TORRANCE, California » Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 60,000 Avalon and Camry sedans in North America because their front passenger air bags may not deploy in a crash.

The recall involves Avalons and Camrys from the 2016 model year. Almost all were sold in the U.S.; about 1,500 were sold in Canada and Mexico.

Toyota says the cars have a system that activates or deactivates the front passenger air bags depending on the weight of the passenger. In some of the affected vehicles the system was improperly calibrated, so the front passenger air bags and knee air bags may not deploy.

Toyota says it’s unclear how many times the condition has occurred or whether it has been responsible for any injuries.

Owners will be notified. Toyota dealers will recalibrate the system for free.

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    • The problem isn’t with the air bags per se but the sensor calibration that determines when they should deploy. I’m certainly not a Takata apologist – the story says exactly that.

  • At what point will the USA finally accept the fact that “TAKATA” doesn’t care about whether or not their “Air=Bags” are SAFE or NOT SAFE? JAPAN TIMES : “In all, as many as 120 million Takata inflators in U.S. vehicles contain the same volatile chemical — ammonium nitrate — used in inflators that automakers have recalled, according to company documents seen by reporters and verified by two former Takata managers. The total number has not been previously reported.”

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