2016 Toyota Prius Front Passenger Air Bag Recall G0W

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Subject: Safety Recall G0W -– Remedy Notice
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.

Remedy:
Any authorized Toyota dealer will replace the front passenger air bag at NO CHARGE.

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the condition?

The involved vehicles are equipped with a front passenger air bag which contains stored, compressed gas in the inflator. A component in the air bag 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 air bag that inflates in this manner can, under some circumstances, increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a crash.

What is the Inflator?
The inflator is a device contained within the air bag assembly. In this passenger air bag assembly, the inflator contains a quantity of compressed gas and propellant that work in unison to inflate the air bag when a signal is received.

If the condition occurs, will the air bag FULLY deploy?
No. If this condition occurs, the air bag will PARTIALLY inflate; there is no full deployment without a deployment signal.

Are the subject inflators manufactured by Takata?
No. The subject inflators involved in this Safety Recall are manufactured by a different supplier and are of different type and structure than the Takata inflators that are involved in other Safety Recalls.

What is Toyota going to do?
In November 2016, Toyota will send an owner notification by first class mail advising owners to make an appointment with their authorized Toyota dealer to have the front passenger air bag replaced at NO CHARGE.

Are there any warnings that this condition exists?
No. There are no warnings that this condition exists; however, this condition has only been observed when a vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time.

Which and how many vehicles are covered by this Safety Recall?
There are approximately 7,800 vehicles covered by this Safety Recall.

What if I have additional questions or concerns?
If you have additional questions or concerns, 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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