Toyota is recalling the 2016 Toyota Camry and 2016 Toyota Avalon to address a problem with the cars' safety systems. The automaker estimates that nearly 59,000 vehicles registered in the U.S. are affected.
The issue with the two models is rooted in the Occupant Classification System, which uses weight to determine whether a passenger is traveling in the front seat and turns the airbag on or off accordingly. Toyota says that some of those systems may not have been properly calibrated, meaning that they might not properly detect passengers. If they don't, the passenger-side frontal airbag and knee airbag may not deploy during a collision.
Toyota will mail recall notices to owners of all 58,510 affected vehicles. Of the total, 16,880 are Avalon models, and 41,630 are Camry sedans.
After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their cars to dealerships for service. Toyota says that dealers will recalibrate the vehicles' Occupant Classification Systems at no charge.
If you believe that you own one of these cars and have questions, you can get additional information by calling Toyota Customer Service at 800-331-4331 or by visiting toyota.com/recall.