Toyota Recalls New Camry Models for Bad Airbags on Toyota Camry

Software continues to affect to performance of hardware – not always to the driver’s  or passenger’s benefit.

Toyota Motor is recalling some 2019 Camry vehicles blowing up.  for a programming defect that  prevents front airbags from inflating. The Occupant Classification System (OCS) “may have been improperly calibrated, which may prevent the proper deployment of the front passenger air bag and knee air bag, in the event of a crash.”

Dealers have been instructed to comply with the law and stop selling affected cars in inventory.*

The deployment strategy of the front passenger airbags is determined in part by using inputs from the occupant classification system in the front passenger seat. Because of a calibration error in the occupant classification system, the front passenger airbag and knee airbag may not deploy as designed under in a crash.

Forget the engineering babble,  these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”

 Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the OCS, free of charge as is required by U.S. regulations. The recall is expected to begin August 15, 2019. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota’s number for this recall is K0M.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to

*Under Title 49, Section 30112 of the United States Code, a dealer cannot sell, offer for sale, or introduce or deliver for introduction in interstate commerce a new motor vehicle when it is aware that the vehicle does not comply with an applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard or contains a defect related to motor vehicle safety. Further, 49 Code of Federal Regulations §577.13 requires us to provide the following advisory: It is a violation of Federal law for a dealer to deliver a new motor vehicle or any new or used item of motor vehicle equipment (including a tire) covered by this notification under a sale or lease until the defect or noncompliance is remedied.

 Toyota reimburses dealers for flooring costs associated with new vehicles held in dealership inventory until the recall remedy becomes available. Toyota reserves the right to withhold or charge-back any flooring reimbursement funds that may have been paid to the dealer if it determines that a new vehicle subject to a safety recall was sold without first being remedied.

About Kenneth Zino

Ken Zino is an auto industry veteran with global experience in print, broadcast and electronic media. He has auto testing, marketing, public relations and communications expertise garnered while working in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
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