Toyota has issued a recall notice for approximately 24,000 vehicles it produced in 2015 that may be affected by faulty airbag sensors, preventing the safety device form deploying in an accident.
Unrelated to the recent Takata inflator unit saga, which has plagued several manufacturers, the Japanese brand’s latest notice is a manufacturing fault that affects Prius, Corolla sedan, Fortuner and HiLux models produced between June and December 2015.
The problem specifically relates to two separate issues that affect the insulation layer coating applied to the airbag’s electronic circuitry. Failure of the coating results in the impact and G sensors that control the car’s front and curtain airbags being disabled.
Vehicles affected by the fault will illuminate the airbag warning light on the dash and it is likely the front and/or side airbags have been disabled, increasing the likelihood of injury in an accident.
Toyota says there has been no reported incidents or injuries relating to the problem.
Replacement parts are not yet available to perform the free fix but Toyota is issuing a notice to owners this week with inspections and repairs expected to commence from April.
The inspection takes approximately 30 minutes to perform and, if required, replacement of parts will take from 1 to 7 hours depending on the model and extent of repairs. While customers will be contacted by mail, concerned owners should contact their nearest Toyota dealership.
A full list of affected vehicle VIN numbers and contact information can be found on the Product Safety Australia website.