Toyota is recalling approximately 7,600 Toyota Prius vehicles in the U.S., all of which were made for the 2016 model year. According to the automaker, the airbags assemblies on some off those vehicles may have been improperly manufactured, and as a result, the airbags may partially inflate while the car is parked.
Toyota says that the problem affects the Prius' front passenger airbag, which makes use of compressed gas that's stored in the airbag inflator. Unfortunately, a portion of the airbag assembly may not have been built to the proper specifications, which may allow the gas to seep out over time.
According to a statement by Toyota, faulty inflators haven't been observed in cars in motion.
Toyota also notes that the problem may be most likely to occur in vehicles that remain parked for long periods of time.
Toyota will mail recall notices to owners in November, asking them to take their vehicles to dealerships for service. Dealers will replace the front passenger airbag assembly at no charge.
If you own a 2016 Toyota Prius and have questions about this recall, you can call Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331, or visit Toyota.com/recall and enter your vehicle identification number to check the status of your car.
Correction: An earlier version of the story misstated the observed conditions that the airbags didn't properly inflate.