Toyota recently issued an announcement about a recall calling out to the Camry and Avalon models as a result of an airbag problem. The Japan-based automaker announced this on Wednesday, April 13. Close to 60,000 models are now being recalled to rectify the issue.
About 60,000 Models of the Camry and Avalon Combined Are Being Recalled
The United States arm of Toyota announced that they are recalling about 16,880 Avalon sedans and approximately 41,630 Camry sedans. The airbags found on both cars may not deploy properly and all of the affected vehicles are just from this year. This is because they come with a system that may activate or deactivate the front passenger airbags, depending on the occupant’s weight. Some of the aforementioned vehicles were found that the front passenger and knee airbags may not even deploy because of how the way the system is calibrated.
“There is a possibility that some vehicles may not have received proper OCS calibration during the vehicle manufacturing process,” the car manufacturer stated in their announcement. “With the improper calibration, under some conditions, the front-passenger airbag and the front-passenger knee airbag may not deploy as designed in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury to a front-seat passenger.”
The auto manufacturer does not want to comment further when pressed about the recalling of the Toyota Camry and Avalon sedans, as reported by automotive research site Edmunds. A spokeswoman from the Japanese carmaker said the following: “We’ve found there are many different sources of information with varying degrees of reliability, so it is difficult to know the existence or exact number of times this condition has occurred.” At the time of writing, the company will not be providing any specifics concerning the issue just yet.
Camry and Avalon owners, specifically those who own the 2016 models, will be notified via email and the recall will be expected to be initiated next month. The company will recalibrate the affected vehicles’ airbag systems without requiring any fees.
As for the other parts of the 2016 Toyota Avalon and Camry sedans, they are found to be totally fine. This fix will be nothing more than a simple reprogramming to be done in the occupant-classification module. It is reported that the affected vehicles might have an improper calibration, and the company wants to make sure that all of the affected sedans are safe for use, hence the recall. The automobile firm claims that, when placed in the right conditions, the airbags should deploy properly. However, if the problem would persist, then these might not deploy at all.