Toyota Issues “WON’T DRIVE” Advisory for 50,000 Vehicles
Toyota has issued an advisory to owners of around 50,000 vehicles to stop driving According to CBS News, the advisory was published on Thursday, January 25.
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More details on the advice from Toyota
According to the company’s official press release, Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and RAV4 vehicles are listed under the advisory. Exact models include the 2003-2004 Corolla, 2003-2004 Corolla Matrix, and 2004-2005 model year RAV4 vehicles.
In addition, the cars are under an “emergency airbag safety recall.”
“Due to the age of the vehicles, if the airbag deploys, an internal component is more likely to explode and burn sharp metal pieces that could cause INJURY or DEATH to the driver or passengers,” the message reads.
Therefore, Toyota is urging owners of these vehicles to refrain from driving them until they have had the free safety recall repaired.
Fox 35 Orlando notes that the 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibes vehicle, which would be “pretty much the same” as the Corolla Matrix, is also included in the recall.
In addition, the service says the affected vehicles have Takata airbags. The air bags reportedly contain “volatile ammonium nitrate,” which enters the object during a crash. However, the chemical can degrade over time and explode with too much force.
Fox 35 Orlando reports that 400 were injured in the airbag explosion, and 26 people were killed in the US and at least 30 died worldwide. The revolution notes that the events have sent Takata to bankruptcy in the end.
More information on repairs & how to check if your car is affected
In addition, the company urges owners to contact their local dealers instead of driving their vehicles in for repairs.
“Dealers may provide one of several options for FREE, such as mobile repair at the vehicle’s location, towing to the dealer, vehicle pickup and delivery, or other transportation options,” the release states. ‘ to continue.
According to the press release, Toyota will repair or replace the airbags in the affected vehicles free of charge. In addition, the news says that the company is contacting vehicle owners through “several communication channels”.
Those interested in learning if their vehicle is affected can visit Toyota.com/recall or nhtsa.gov/recalls. Once there, enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate information.
Vehicle owners can contact the Toyota Brand Contact Center for customer support at 1-800-331-4331.
Toyota recently issued another recall
As The Shade Room previously reported, Toyota began a recall of 2013-2018 RAV4 SUVs in November 2023. At the time, it was revealed that the vehicles were at risk of starting fires due to batteries that were not correctly replaced shook loose on sharp turns.
“Some 12-volt batteries of the size specified for the subject vehicles have higher dimensions than others. If a battery with a small cap is used for replacement and the hold-down clamp is not tightened properly, the battery may move when the vehicle is drivenfront Toyota with Toyota Toyota said. according to CNN. “The movement could cause the positive battery terminal to contact the hold down clamp and short circuit. “
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