2016 Toyota Prius Front Passenger Air Bag Recall G0W -Interim

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Safety Recall G0W (Interim G1W) – Interim
2016 Model Year Prius Vehicles Front Passenger Air Bag

On September 14, 2016, Toyota filed a Defect Information Report (DIR) with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) informing the agency of our intent to conduct a voluntary Safety Recall on certain 2016 model year Prius vehicles.

Condition:
The involved vehicles are equipped with a front passenger air bag which contains stored, compressed gas in the inflator. A component in the airbag assembly may have been improperly welded and/or misassembled. If this occurs, the stored gas may escape without a deployment signal and result in the partial inflation of the air bag. This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time. An airbag that inflates in this manner can, under some circumstances, increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a crash.

Covered Vehicles:
There are approximately 7,600 2016 Prius vehicles covered by this Safety Recall. Approximately 10 vehicles involved in this Safety Recall were distributed to Puerto Rico.

Owner Letter Mailing Date:
Toyota expects to begin to notify owners in late October 2016.
 
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