Toyota has issued a recall of its 2011 Toyota RAV4 crossover over airbag concerns.
According to a bulletin issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the issue stems from assembly of the SUVs’ side curtain airbags. After the airbag inflators’ initiators had the wrong propellant used in their production, one or both side curtains could fail to deploy as designed in a collision.
Despite the serious nature of the issue, the NHTSA bulletin (campaign 12V029000) only involves a small number of RAV4 models. Vehicles manufactured between November 24, 2011 and December 19, 2011 are subject to the recall. That translates to just 427 vehicles.
Owners with corresponding vehicle identification numbers will get word from Toyota in early March, 2012. Dealers will inspect vehicles and replace side curtain airbag assemblies as needed, free of charge.
2011 RAV4 owners with questions or concerns about the recall can contact Toyota North America at 800-331-4331.
They can also call NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 (TTY 800-424-9153) or visit www.safecar.gov for more details about this recall effort. The site also contains search capabilities for recalls and service bulletins on this and other vehicles, plus other consumer resources.