2003-2008 Toyota Matrix Non-Desiccated Front Passenger Airbag Recall J0A

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Safety Recall: J0A 2003-2008 Model Year Matrix Vehicles
Non-Desiccated Front Passenger Airbag Inflator – “Like for Like” Replacement

Condition:
The subject vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators produced by Takata. The propellant in these inflators may degrade after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity and fluctuating high temperatures. Degraded propellant can cause inflator rupture during airbag deployment. In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, striking the vehicle occupants, and result in serious injury or death.

Background:
Toyota previously recalled these vehicles under Safety Recalls D0F, DSF, and E04 due to this condition. During the remedy for these Safety Recalls, some Matrix vehicles were repaired with a Phase Stabilized Ammonium Nitrate (PSAN) inflator manufactured by Takata without a drying agent called desiccant. Matrix vehicles that were repaired using PSAN inflators without desiccant are now involved in Safety Recall J0A.

While Takata has not yet declared the airbag inflators in these vehicles defective based on the schedule specified in a Consent Order between NHTSA and Takata , Toyota is conducting this field action ahead of schedule due to the availability of parts and sufficient dealer capacity to repair these vehicles.

Note: Some vehicles repaired under Safety Recalls DSF and E04 ARE NOT included in Safety Recall J0A, because they were repaired with components made by other suppliers, and the recall is closed.

Remedy:
The remedy will consist of the replacement of the front passenger airbag assembly at NO CHARGE to the vehicle owner.

Covered Vehicles:
There are approximately 57,900 Matrix vehicles covered by this Safety Recall.

Owner Letter Mailing Date:
Toyota will begin to notify owners of vehicles open for remedy approximately one week after the remedy is made available.
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the condition?
The subject vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators produced by Takata. The propellant in these inflators may degrade after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity and fluctuating high temperatures. Degraded propellant can cause inflator rupture during airbag deployment. In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, striking the vehicle occupants, and result in serious injury or death.

Why is Takata recalling all frontal airbag inflators manufactured with propellant that do not also include a desiccant?
Multiple independent investigations and NHTSA’s independent expert concluded that the propellant in nondesiccated, frontal Takata airbag inflators degrades over time. The degradation is the result of various factors existing in the location where the vehicle containing the inflators is principally operated, including long-term exposure to environmental moisture and fluctuating high temperatures.

I already had my recall repair completed under a previous recall of the passenger airbag inflator. Why is my vehicle being recalled again?
All vehicles repaired under a previous recall with a remedy part containing Phase Stabilized Ammonium Nitrate (PSAN) without desiccant are scheduled for recall under the Takata Coordinated Remedy Program administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) beginning December 31, 2019. Vehicles repaired using a PSAN inflator without desiccant are sometimes referred to as “Like for Like” vehicles.

Are there concerns with other airbags in the vehicle?
No. This recall only applies to certain front Passenger airbag inflators manufactured and installed in certain Toyota vehicles. Other airbags in the vehicle will not be affected by this announcement or subsequent Safety Recalls involving Toyota and Scion vehicles.

Which vehicles are affected by this Safety Recall?
There are approximately 98,400 Toyota vehicles covered by these Safety Recalls.

What is Toyota going to do?
Toyota dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflator with a new airbag assembly at no charge to the vehicle owner. Toyota will begin notifying owners of vehicles beginning in early-February 2018.

What if I have additional questions or concerns?
If you have additional questions or concerns go to www.toyota.com/recall, or please contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-888-270-9371 Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 am to 4:30 pm Central Time.













 
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