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Toyota has announced that it will recall some 2007 and 2008 RAV4 models, along with some 2008 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid models, to replace a potentially defective airbag sensor assembly.
The issue concerns the vehicles' roll-sensing side-curtain airbag system; the failure of one of the two sensors that determine roll angle would lead the airbag warning light to illuminate. If this happens, the roll-detection functions of the airbag system would be suspended, according to Toyota, though the airbag would still inflate with a side impact. Toyota also cautions that if both sensors fail nearly simultaneously, both the belt pretensioner and the side-curtain airbag system "could be inadvertently activated."
The recall involves about 214,000 RAV4 models and about 94,000 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid models, and owners will be notified by first-class mail in May 2011. Toyota notes that this recall is for U.S.-market vehicles only.
For more information, see Toyota's recall site, or call 800-331-4331.