New Toyotas Recalled over Airbags
On October 11th, Toyota announced yet another recall, this one affecting 168,000 2018 and 2019 Tundra pickups and Sequoia SUVs, as well as 2019 Avalon sedans, because the airbags in such vehicles are defective and may not deploy during a collision. Such a potential failure is linked to an error in the on-board air bag control computer which can incorrectly detect a “fault” upon starting the vehicle which will prevent the airbags from operating correctly if needed. Starting on October 22nd, owners of the new vehicles will be notified by Toyota to take their vehicles back to the dealership where purchased, so the computer’s software can be updated to eliminate the error. If you have purchased such a vehicle and do not receive notification in the near future, please take your vehicle in anyway. This recall is particularly embarrassing for Toyota because it follows closely on the heels of the company’s October 5th recall of 2.4 million Toyota hybrid vehicles worldwide, built between October 2008 and November 2014, due to a tendency to enter a “failsafe” mode while being driven at highway speeds which could cause the vehicle to suddenly lose power and stall in traffic. Again, this problem was linked to faulty computer software.
Computers rule our modern world and in a vast array of circumstances, they are truly miracle machines. But, when they fail, they can be a huge pain. And, that’s particularly true when such a failure can literally endanger your life. If an issue like this ever does affect you or your loved ones, please call us to discuss your options.