Toyota recalls Lexus RX to check airbags

Friday, Nov 04, 2016 17:35

The 20 recalled Lexus RX cars were manufactured between November 28, 2015 and June 13, 2016. — File Photo

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV) has announced the launch of its recall campaign to check and replace defective front passenger airbag inflator modules in 20 Lexus RX cars imported to Viet Nam.

The 20 recalled luxury SUVs were manufactured between November 28, 2015 and June 13, 2016.

The campaign started on November 2 at Lexus Saigon Centre in HCM City and Lexus Thang Long in Ha Noi. It is a part of Toyota Motor Corporation's global recall campaign, which involves the recall of 14,100 vehicles of different models.

According to Toyota's global announcement, these vehicles are equipped with a hybrid-type front passenger air bag inflator (made by Takata company) that contains compressed gas and propellant in the same combustion chamber. The burst disc in some inflators may have been improperly welded and/or misassembled. In these defective pieces, the disc membrane can burst from the pressure of the stored compressed gas in the inflator, which will allow the gas to escape and result in partial inflation of the airbag when there's no need.

There have been reports of airbags inflating in vehicles that are stationary and unoccupied. An airbag that inflates unpredictably can lead to injuries and crash.

TMV will check and replace the front passenger airbag inflator module of affected vehicles at no cost. The airbags on the drivers' side were supplied by another company and will not be replaced. — VNS

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