Toyota is recalling roughly 320,000 Toyota and Lexus pickups and SUVs from model-years 2003 to 2006. According to the automaker, some of those vehicles may suffer from problems with their airbag systems that could result in injuries to passengers.
Toyota's recall is not, however, related to the ongoing Takata fiasco, which stems from fatally flawed airbag inflators. Instead, this recall is linked to "improper programming" in the vehicles' airbag control units.
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Toyota explains that the code in some of those units may cause side curtain-shield airbags to deploy suddenly and without cause. The problem can also result in unwarranted activation of the seatbelt pretensioners. The problem appears most likely to happen shortly after vehicles start up.
The recall affects the following makes and models:
- 2004-2006 Toyota 4Runner
- 2003-2006 Toyota Land Cruiser
- 2005-2006 Toyota Sequoia
- 2005-2006 Toyota Tundra
- 2004-2006 Lexus GX 470
- 2003-2006 Lexus LX 470
Toyota will mail recall notices to owners, asking them to take their vehicles to a local dealership for service. The fix involves replacement of the airbag control module, which will be carried out at no charge to owners.
If you own one of these vehicles, you're encouraged to visit Toyota.com/recall and run a search on your truck or SUV using its vehicle identification number. You can also address questions to Toyota Customer Service at 800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Service at 800-255-3987.