On June 29, Toyota Motor Corporation declared a recall for its Prius and other vehicles to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
This time, Toyota Motor Sales, USA (TMS) announced that this recall has expanded to the US market as well.
The recall is due to a defect to its airbag inflators for the curtain shield airbags in the driver and passengerâ€™s side roof rails. The airbag inflators consist of two chambers welded together and there is concern that some inflators could have a crack in the weld area. As a result, the weld area could rupture with a rise in the vehicle temperature and enter the interior.
According to TMS, the recall applies to approximately 482,000 vehicles sold in the US, including 2010-2012 models of the Toyota Prius, 2010 and 2012 models of the Prius PHV and 2011-2012 models of the Lexus CT200h.
TMS will contact the owners of these vehicles and install retention brackets on the curtain shield airbag inflators at Toyota and Lexus dealerships.