Airbag Sensor Recall Expanded May 2018

n January 2018 Toyota Australia announced a recall relating to airbag sensor malfunction on some Toyota models.

Toyota Australia has identified an additional 1,514 Corolla and HiLux vehicles produced between June 2015 and January 2016.

The recall is due to a condition affecting the airbag sensors.

Involved vehicles are equipped with an airbag system that uses multiple sensors to detect impact in the event of a collision.

Due to two separate manufacturing issues, there is a possibility that the insulation layers of the IC chips could peel over time, creating an open circuit in the IC chip.

If this occurs, the airbag warning light will illuminate. Additionally, the side/curtain shield airbags and/or front airbags, may become deactivated.

Non-deployment of the side/curtain shield airbags and/or front airbags could increase the risk of injury to the occupants in the event of a collision.

It is anticipated that replacement part availability will commence during Q3 of this year. Once replacement parts are available, Toyota Australia will contact all affected vehicle owners so they can make an appointment at their preferred Toyota dealer.

Toyota dealers will determine if the sensors need to be replaced through an inspection process, which will take approximately 30 minutes.

If sensors do need to be replaced, the repair time will vary between 1 and 7 hours, dependent on the vehicle model and the number of sensors that require replacement. This will be carried out free of charge.

There have been no incidents or injuries reported in Australia as a result of this condition.

For further information, please contact the Toyota recall campaign helpline on 1800 987 366.

Toyota Australia to recall vehicles due to airbag sensor malfunction Q&A

Q1: What is the condition?
A1: The subject vehicles are equipped with an airbag system that uses multiple sensors to detect impact in the event of a collision. Due to two separate manufacturing issues, there is a possibility that the insulation layers of the IC chips could peel over time, creating an open circuit in the IC chip.
If this occurs, the airbag warning light will illuminate. Additionally, the side/curtain shield airbags and/or front airbags, may become deactivated.
Non-deployment of the side/curtain shield airbags and/or front airbags could increase the risk of injury to the occupants in the event of a collision.

 

Q2: What is the function of the Airbag Sensors?
A2: The airbag sensor assembly detects impact in the event of a collision. It sends a signal to the Airbag ECU (Electronic Control Unit) to determine whether the airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners should be deployed.

Q3: Are there any symptoms/warnings before the condition appears in a vehicle?
A3: No. However, warning lights will illuminate when the condition occurs.

 

Q4: Will all airbags become deactivated by an affected Airbag Sensor?
A4: Depending on the location of the affected airbag sensor, the side/curtain shield airbags   and/or front airbags may be deactivated.

 

Q5: Have any accidents or injuries been reported as a result of this condition?
A5: Toyota have not received any reports of accidents or injuries as a result of this condition in the Australian market.

 

Q6: What is Toyota going to do?
A6: At the time of parts availability, Toyota will notify owners by mail to make an appointment with any authorised Toyota Dealer to have the rectification completed.
Expected commencement timing Q3 of 2018.
Toyota Dealers will inspect and replace the airbag sensors if necessary.
This rectification will be performed FREE OF CHARGE to the vehicle owner

 

Q7: How long will the repair take?
A7: The inspection of the airbag sensors will take approximately 30 minutes. If it is determined that the sensors need to be replaced, the repair time will vary between 1 and 7 hours dependent on the vehicle model and the number of sensors that require replacement.
It may be necessary for the owner to make the vehicle available for a longer period of time depending upon the Dealer’s work schedule.

 

Q8: Is this issue related to the Takata airbag recall campaign?
A8: No. This condition is unrelated to the Takata airbag recall campaigns. This recall is due to a manufacturing issue with the IC chips in the air bag system containing pressure sensors and G sensors, which may lead to deactivation of the air bag.

 

Q9: Why is Toyota expanding the affected vehicle range?
A9: The production range of one of the involved sensors was incorrectly identified in January 2018. As a result the affected vehicle range has been increased by 1,514 vehicles in the Australian Market.

 

Q10: How many vehicles are involved?
A10: In the Australian market, there are approximately 25,182 vehicles involved (including this expansion).

Model Name

Model Code

WMI

VDS

CD

VIN Range

Production Period

QTY

From

To

From

To

PRIUS

ZVW50

JTD

KB3FU

#

03500164

03503193

27-Nov-15

25-Dec-15

38

COROLLA SEDAN

ZRE172

MR0

53REH

05278350

05287554

23-Jun-15

18-Jan-16

5,320

FORTUNER

GUN156

DA3FS

00001003

00001645

11-Aug-15

30-Nov-15

2,526

KA3FS

00200001

00201051

29-Jul-15

01-Dec-15

HA3FS

00020481

00028104

13-Aug-15

01-Dec-15

HILUX

GGN120

JU3CD

00001004

00010021

03-Jul-15

01-Oct-15

17,298

GGN125

HU3CD

00020011

00030017

30-Jun-15

30-Oct-15

KU3CD

00001001

30-Sep-15

GUN122

EB3CB

00440000

00441037

30-Jun-15

01-Dec-15

00800001

00811032

07-Jul-15

31-Oct-15

GUN123

JA3CB

00060002

00060430

30-Jun-15

30-Nov-15

JA3CC

00080002

00080106

29-Jul-15

25-Nov-15

GUN125

FB3CB

00220004

00220328

30-Jun-15

30-Nov-15

FB3CC

00250002

00250204

28-Jul-15

30-Nov-15

FB3CD

00270006

00270532

30-Jun-15

30-Nov-15

00290000

00290174

07-Sep-15

02-Nov-15

GUN126

HA3CC

00320004

00320269

29-Jul-15

30-Nov-15

HA3CD

00370007

00376071

01-Jul-15

01-Dec-15

00700185

00702201

02-Sep-15

01-Dec-15

KA3CB

01120002

01120707

30-Jun-15

30-Nov-15

KA3CC

01160001

01160358

28-Jul-15

30-Nov-15

KA3CD

01184004

01187611

03-Jul-15

01-Dec-15

01300001

01300770

03-Sep-15

02-Nov-15

GUN136

GA3DD

00260008

00270075

14-Sep-15

30-Nov-15

JA3DD

00340002

00340859

01-Jul-15

30-Nov-15

00370000

00370166

04-Sep-15

02-Nov-15

TGN121

EX3CB

01100005

01102480

30-Jun-15

01-Dec-15

EX3CD

01370003

01380145

01-Jul-15

30-Nov-15

Note:
1) Although the involved vehicles are within the above VIN ranges, not all vehicles in these VIN ranges were sold in the Australian market.
2) (#) indicates additional check digit (alpha or numeric) old in Australia

Q11: Why is Toyota announcing this recall when replacement parts are not available?
A11: Toyota decided to inform owners as soon as we identified the issue allowing additional care to be taken when driving.

 

Q12: Am I able to continue to operate my vehicle until this recall is completed?
A12: Yes, the potential for this condition can only occur during an accident that requires airbag deployment. Toyota always recommends drivers operate their vehicles carefully and safely to minimise the potential for vehicle accidents.

 

Q13: What if an owner has additional questions or concerns?
A13: Owners with additional questions or concerns are asked to please contact their local Toyota Dealer in the first instance or the Toyota recall campaign helpline on 1800 987 366. Please quote your 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

 

Q14: Where can I find my VIN? 
A14: VIN number location varies by model. For information on how to find the VIN position specific to your vehicle, please search “vehicle identification number” in the alphabetical index at the rear of your Owner’s Manual.

 

If you require us to check your vehicle, please give our friendly team a call on 07 3384 5022.

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