Thursday, April 11, 2013

Toyota and Honda Recall 1 Million U.S. Vehicles

TORRANCE, California -- Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. and Honda announced yesterday that the Japanese automakers will recall around 1 million vehicles in the United States due to faulty airbags made by the same airbag manufacturer.

The Toyota vehicles involved include certain Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, and Tundra, and Lexus SC 430 models manufactured from 2001 – 2003.  Toyota says that more precise vehicle information is being developed, but about 510,000 vehicles may have to be inspected to locate the suspect inflators.

Honda will voluntarily recall approximately 426,000 model-year 2001-2003 Civic vehicles, approximately 43,000 CR-V vehicles from the 2002-2003 model years and approximately 92,000 model-year 2002 Odyssey vehicles in the United States to replace the passenger front airbag inflator.

The involved vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers.  Improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the front passenger airbag to deploy with too much pressure, which may cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury.  Honda said it is aware of one crash in which a passenger front airbag deployed with too much pressure, causing the casing to rupture. Honda is not aware of any injuries or deaths related to this issue.

Toyota Owner Remedy

Toyota owners of vehicles subject to this safety recall will receive an owner notification letter by first class mail.  The recall remedy will involve inspection of the front passenger air bag, and, if it is equipped with an affected inflator, the inflator will be replaced with a newly manufactured one at no charge to the owner. 

Detailed information is available to customers at, the Toyota Customer Experience at 1 800-331-4331, and Lexus Customer Satisfaction (1 800-255-3987). 

Honda Owner Remedy

Honda is encouraging owners of all affected vehicles to take their vehicles to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this recall from Honda.  Mailed notification to customers will begin in late-May, 2013. 

In addition to contacting customers by mail, at that time, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicles require repair by going to or by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.